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PEFC Certified Coffee Cups Commission to Mark Hull City of Culture 2017

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC UK), has announced that leading UK paper cup manufacturer, Benders Papers Cups, has produced distinctive coffee cups which will carry the PEFC certification label for its client Falkingham & Taylor (Vending) Ltd. They have been manufactured to mark the occasion of Hull becoming UK City of Culture for 2017.

The special City of Culture 2017 coffee cups will carry PEFC’s distinctive “two trees” label, thereby providing coffee lovers with the assurance that the materials used in the manufacture of the commemorative certified cups have been both responsibly and sustainably sourced.

Based in Hull, Falkingham & Taylor (Vending) Ltd., is a family run business with over 50 years’ experience in the vending industry. The company services a wide variety of customers across a range of sectors, including; heavy industrial, manufacturing, food manufacturing, local government, leisure, education, retail, office, pubs, clubs, and café bars.

Hull, known for being the home of the poet Philip Larkin, the Ferens Gallery and the Hull Truck Theatre Company has been named the UK City of Culture for 2017.

Commenting on the City of Culture coffee cups, Benders’ Marketing Manager, Adrian Pratt, states: “Benders is committed to sustainable sourcing of its raw materials.  PEFC Chain of Custody certification provides full traceability for all paper cups manufactured from materials sourced in sustainably managed forests.”

Benders Paper Cups is dedicated to the manufacturer of paper hot cups. All its cups are made in the UK at its BRC/IOP AA Grade factory in Wrexham, North Wales, and supplied across the UK and Europe to the Workplace and On the Go sectors covering vending, specialty coffee, QSR and ‘To-Go’ markets. Benders’ has a long history of producing paper cups and is part of the Flo, and Dopla group of companies. The company employs around 150 staff at its Wrexham facility.

PEFC, as the world’s leading forest certification system, has certified more than 300 million hectares of forests to PEFC’s internationally recognised Sustainability Benchmarks, supplying more than 18,000 Chain of Custody certified companies with responsibly sourced timber and wood products, such as those used in producing fibre-based paper products such as packaging.

Today, more and more companies from SMEs to global brands are keen to demonstrate that the fibre they use in their packaging materials comes from a certified sustainable source. This is important as consumers are increasingly conscious of how their purchasing decisions impact on the world’s natural resources.

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Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

Linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging has unveiled its latest game-changing technology, the VXR; combining vision, x-ray and seal check technology. The new innovation launched at Pro2Pac, ahead of the Ravenwood Annual Conference.

The new compact and high-tech arrangement provides an all-inclusive process for the seamless production of sleeving, contaminate detection and sealing of trays. Customers will benefit from fully automating their production lines, alleviating the need for manual checks which are costly in terms of manpower and time consuming when production deadlines are tight. These three technologies fall under the operation of just one machine, incorporated into just 1.9m. The ‘end of line’ solution provider to meet the food industry’s stringent requirements.

“Supermarkets are demanding improved quality, 100% error free labelling and reduced costs – placing increased pressure on suppliers,” says Paul Beamish, Founder and Managing Director of Ravenwood Packaging. “The new VXR machine will not only meet these demands but will outperform manual operations for a fully streamlined process.”

The key functionality of the VXR system, when combining the three technologies, is to identify and reject food trays that are seen to contain errors. Ravenwood’s VXR will solve these issues with ‘Sapphire’ carbon nanotube field emission technology. Sapphire is a leading technology in the field of x-ray, boasting low energy, high speeds and resolution for unparalleled performance.

Vision

With ‘Vision’, the machine automatically detects faulty labels, printing errors and poor quality print. Expect analysis of label position, quantity and orientation. All printed information is checked including barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes. The system also boasts a user-friendly interface for rugged factory environments. Ravenwood stipulated this at the design phase. “The machine must be simple and easy to use,” says Beamish.

X-Ray

The VXR is programmed with heightened sensitivity for detecting dense mass and contaminates, and identifies foreign bodies such as glass, metal, ceramics including all types of bones. Products are cast aside and placed in the removable reject bin.

Seal Check

Contaminates in the seal are also screened, ensuring trays and food packages are properly sealed. Foods that have ‘slipped’ could potentially obstruct the seal. The system also examines for the correct position of the food and number of products within the tray – for example, number of meatballs.

“Contamination of food may pose serious consequences for a company. Under the Product Liability Law, every food producer is liable for contagions in the event that a consumer should be harmed,” adds Beamish.

Ravenwood is now taking orders. Machines are built bespoke to feature just one or all three of the technologies. For further information, contact Natalie Bonner on +44 (0) 1284 749144 or email marketing@ravenwood.co.uk.

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Big interest in interpack 2017

interpack 2017 is recording the highest demand among exhibitors in its history of over 55 years. By the official closing date of the international event for the packaging industry and related processing industries, exhibitors had booked about 20% more space than was available at the exhibition centre with its 262,400 square metres in 19 halls. Around 2,700 exhibitors can therefore be expected again from 4 to 10 May 2017, coming from about 60 different countries. As before, another trade fair will be running in parallel, entitled components, special trade fair by interpack. It will feature products from supplier industries of the packaging sector. This event, too, is now fully booked, yet it will occupy more than twice as much space as in 2014, at its première.

interpack is a unique platform for businesses offering products and solutions in packaging technology and related processes as well as packaging media and materials for the various segments of this industry: food, beverages, confectionery and baked goods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods. The products and services presented will be supplemented by several innovative specialist areas. Working together with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Interpack 2017 will put the focus on Industry 4.0, in particular. The special show will take the form of a Technology Lounge at the VDMA stand, featuring examples of solutions in packaging machinery and process engineering and opening up new opportunities for applications in security, traceability, copying and counterfeit protection as well as in customised packaging.

As before, SAVE FOOD will play a role at interpack 2017. A special show called innovationparc (Innovation Park) will be held, with packaging ideas and solutions designed to reduce food losses and waste. They will include the winners of the international competitions for the SAVE FOOD Packaging Awards, held by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The prizes were awarded prior to interpack, and the winners are now set to compete with one other for the WorldStar Awards at the trade fair. The innovationparc will include a presentation forum which can be used by companies to showcase their ideas and solutions. As before, the innovationparc will be held in a high-quality marquee, situated between Halls 2 and 3.

The first day of the trade fair will also feature the third international SAVE FOOD convention, held in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Special Jameson label art created for St Patrick’s Day

For 2017, Jameson, one of the top Irish whiskey brands owned by Pernod Ricard, celebrated by commissioning local artist Steve McCarthy to create a piece of original label art for its Limited Edition Bottle. But this year Jameson took this creativity a step further by introducing the brand’s first ‘connected’ bottle. When the Jameson family crest was tapped with an NFC-enabled Android device the user was able to access to exclusive competitions and content.

The campaign has been developed with an ongoing partnership between Pernod Ricard and SharpEnd – an Internet of Things agency based in the UK– and follows research done at the Absolut Company’s innovation lab in Stockholm.

The NFC tag is incorporated behind the crest on the front label and is supported by an instructional neck hanger explaining why and how to engage. The neck hanger also carries a URL for iPhone users whose phones don’t currently read NFC tags. When an NFC-enabled smartphone comes into contact with the product, the tag launches a URL directly in the smartphone’s browser

The bottle is Jameson’s first NFC enabled product in Ireland. There is an ease of use with NFC technology when compared to other methods of product interaction as there are no scanning apps to download and launch to gain access to the content, says the company. The content accessible through the NFC interactions will change over time, such as delivering ‘always on’ content via the Jameson mobile site after the St. Patrick’s Day promotions have been delivered.

Dan Lundberg, Jameson Global Brand Director, commented, “As the industry moves in this direction Jameson is capitalizing on the early adoption to drive user engagement and brand awareness in a personal and bespoke way. With increased support for NFC this will only improve its capabilities, allowing us to create even better experiences for consumers.”

Engaging with the NFC enabled bottle will allow consumers to access a variety of ‘staying in’ or ‘going out’ experiences. The Limited Edition Bottle 2017 is available worldwide, but the NFC technology was only enabled for Irish users.

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Britvic Innovators Develop a Bottle Made of Wood Fibre

Britvic, the owner of major soft drinks brands including Robinsons squash, J20 and Fruit Shoot, and the PepsiCo bottler in the UK, has taken significant steps towards exploring wood fibre bottles as a viable packaging option for multiple sectors.

In partnership with Innovate UK and Natural Resources (2000) Ltd, the soft drinks manufacturer has been working to revolutionise packaging across multiple sectors with sustainably sourced, renewable wood fibre materials which are fully recyclable.

Investigating the new wood fibre packaging technology formed part of Britvic’s broader R&D work stream within the sustainability strategy in 2016. It is early days and the bottle forms one of a number of potential solutions at this point. More importantly, the research process into fibre and pulp has provided essential information for Britvic’s R&D team to explore further alternative packaging solutions going forward.

Clive Hooper, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Britvic, comments: “At Britvic, we know that to be a successful business in the long term we must be a sustainable business and this means listening to the needs of our consumers, our customers, our communities, and our employees.

“We understand that packaging and the environmental impact of waste is a major concern and we’re committed to working collaboratively with others to explore innovative solutions. The wood fibre bottle is a great example of what potentially can be done and its development has provided great insight into what will and won’t work in terms of quality standards and mass production in the future. We’re now working hard to take our learnings from the fibre bottle to investigate fibre-based sustainable packaging materials further.”

As well as investment in R&D, Britvic’s sustainability strategy places environmental initiatives at the heart of the business. Britvic is currently half way through a £240m supply chain investment programme to maximise efficiency across its manufacturing sites, reduce waste and improve its environmental footprint.

As part of this programme, £25 million was invested at the Leeds plant, which employs over 200 people, to create a new high-speed bottling line, resulting in a 22% reduction in water use and a 45% reduction in energy consumption relative to production volumes. The upgrades have also allowed the Pepsi bottler to access the latest in packaging technology, allowing Britvic to blow and fill lighter bottles, thereby reducing the amount of plastic packaging needed per year by 155 tonnes, the equivalent weight of over ten double decker buses.

Meanwhile, Britvic has invested in upgrading equipment and processing techniques to deliver greater water efficiency, resulting in a reduction in total water consumption of 0.4% despite a 0.7% increase in production volumes. This saving is equivalent to the volume of water needed to fill five Olympic swimming pools.

Finally, as part of Britvic’s commitment to reducing waste, Britvic sent zero waste to landfill in GB, and maintained a recycling rate of nearly 92%. As part of its community outreach, the company also partnered with RECOUP – member based plastics recycling organisation – to encourage 25,000 festival goers at Liverpool’s Fusion Festival to recycle their plastic bottles, which resulted in the collection and recycling of over 10,000 plastic bottles, saving the equivalent of nearly half a tonne of carbon.

Britvic is the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks and the number two supplier of branded carbonated soft drinks in Great Britain. Britvic is an industry leader in the island of Ireland with brands such as MiWadi and Ballygowan, in France with brands such as Teisseire and Pressade and in Brazil with Maguary and Dafruta. Britvic is growing its reach into other territories through franchising, export and licensing.

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The Label Factory Creates Award-winning Labels

The Label Factory Ltd is an Irish-owned and managed independent, multi award-winning, label print company based in County Tipperary. Since its inception in 2002, the company has developed a strong reputation within the drinks sector, particularly in the growing spirit category in Ireland. Nominated a total of 18 times, over the last nine years, The Label Factory has won the title Label Printer of the Year at the Irish Print Awards in 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010, specifically in the drinks category.

Following investment in 2017, which has added extra capacity and capability, The Label Factory can continue to exceed customers’ expectations and their increasing bespoke requirements. The Label Factory offer the complete range of print processes to create the perfect, award-winning label, including;

* Letterpress, Flexo, Digital, Varnish, Hot foil, Cold foil, Silk Screen,

* Tactile Varnish, Spot Varnish, Emboss, Deboss, Laminating, Graining,

* Sequential Numbering, Personalisation.

Clients include Walsh Whiskey, Glendalough Whiskey Co., West Cork Distillers, Teeling Whiskey Company. For further information contact The Label Factory at www.labelfactory.ie.

“From our first contact, The Label Factory impressed us with their efficient, professional manner – an approach that not only inspired confidence, but generated the results we were looking for. We needed a company that would give us results on time and to the highest quality, this we have found in The Label Factory. Our experience with them confirms to us that we’ve partnered with true leaders in the labelling industry.”Bernard Walsh, CEO, Walsh Whiskey Distillery.

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SternMaid Extends its Filling Capacities For Small Packs

In order to respond even more flexibly to customers’ wishes, SternMaid has invested in a Doypack line. From now on, the contract manufacturer and co-packing service provider will be able to pack end products in ready-made stand-up pouches with or without a zipper and three- or four-edge seal bags. Up to 40 bags per minute can be filled with dry beverage bases, superfoods, powdered dietetic drinks or products for athletes.

Doypack pouches are becoming increasingly popular because of their practical re-closure mechanism. SternMaid’s customers appreciate the large opening, the zipper and the secure stand of the pouches on the shelves in spite of the sparing use of packaging material. Moreover, with their wide facing, Doypacks are quickly noticed by potential buyers in the point-of-sale display. As an option, a measuring spoon can be applied to the pouch after filling. With this machine, SternMaid can fill ready-made pouches with a width of 150 mm to 340 mm, a length of up to 425 mm and a capacity of 100 to 3,500 grams. They are taken out of the feed container by a gripper, then opened by a vacuum suction device, coded by an inkjet and filled by means of a screw-fed dosing unit. Following this, a suction hood removes the product dust that may be caused by the air expeller for the seal, that ensures tight closure of the seam. After this tamper-evident safety sealing, the seam, which is still warm, is cooled and the zipper closed.

Mark Riemer, Commercial Manager of SternMaid, says: “As a provider of co-packing services we are constantly widening our range of retail packs to include new sizes and types of packaging. When planning our filling lines we deliberately decided on a modular system in which each unit can be integrated into any packaging line. That ensures us maximum flexibility, for the compatible individual elements make it possible to change products quickly and safely.”

When Plant 2 is completed at the end of 2017, the Doypack line will move into the new building in which all the retail items in SternMaid’s range will in future be produced.

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EU Rules on Listing Ingredients and Nutrition Information Should Apply to All Alcoholic Drinks

The Brewers of Europe has welcomed the European Commission’s call for alcoholic drinks to list ingredients and nutrition information, matching the requirement for non-alcoholic beverages that came into force in December 2016. EU rules oblige producers of beverages below 1.2% ABV to list ingredients and provide the seven nutritional values per 100 ml. The EU Regulation also requires companies voluntarily providing ingredients and calorie information for alcoholic beverages above 1.2% ABV to do so per 100 ml.

“The 100 ml reference is laid down in the Regulation for all beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, and widely understood by consumers across the EU as the robust standard for comparing the nutritional contents of different drinks. When there are anyway no standard portions for any alcoholic beverage across the EU, a solely portion-based scheme can never replace the 100 ml reference,” stresses Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, Secretary General of The Brewers of Europe. “EU law in any case allows companies to add relevant portion size references, provided they are not misleading and are included alongside the 100 ml reference.”

Based in Brussels, The Brewers of Europe brings together national brewers’ associations from 29 European countries and provides a voice to support the united interests of Europe’s 7,500+ breweries.

Following a public commitment made by The Brewers of Europe in March 2015, Europe’s brewers have been voluntarily rolling out ingredients listing and nutrition information across Europe, following the rules that apply to non-alcoholic drinks. The Brewers of Europe expects that by the end of 2017, over 60% of new beer volumes hitting the shelves across Europe will carry this information, on labels and also via online platforms, meeting the expectations and needs of today’s consumers.

The Brewers of Europe is also encouraging other sectors to follow its lead in providing both ingredients and nutrition values according to the rules, as it is clear that consumers can only be empowered to take informed decisions on how different foods and beverages fit within their diet and lifestyle if there is a level playing field of comparable information.

The Commission states that it will report back in one year on how alcoholic drinks producers are progressing with the voluntary roll-out of ingredients and nutrition information. This roll-out must be done against the rules as laid down in the EU Regulation. The Brewers of Europe is confident that the head start it has in doing this will stand it in good stead in this time-frame.

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Industry Invited to Submit a Self-regulatory Proposal on Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages

The European Commission has adopted a report on the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration for alcoholic beverages. Following the conclusions of the report, the Commission has decided to invite the alcoholic beverages’ industry to develop, within a year, a self-regulatory proposal aiming to provide information on ingredients and nutrition of all alcoholic beverages.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis says: “This report supports the right of people in the European Union to be fully informed about what they drink. Moreover, it does not identify any objective grounds justifying the absence of the list of ingredients and nutrition information on alcoholic beverages. The expansion of voluntary initiatives from the sector has already been ongoing and is brought to the fore in the report.”

The EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers (1169/2011) which became applicable in December 2014 includes rules on listing ingredients and providing a nutrition declaration. These rules are mandatory for all foods, including alcoholic beverages. There is an exemption, however, for beverages containing more than 1.2% alcohol per volume.

Such information is nevertheless provided by some producers on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, a number of Member States have maintained, adopted or proposed national measures imposing additional labelling requirements on ingredients for all or certain alcoholic beverages. Draft national rules on food labelling have to be notified and assessed by the Commission before their possible adoption.

Following the report, the industry should propose within a year, a harmonised approach aiming to provide consumers with information about the ingredients present in alcoholic beverages and the nutritional value of alcoholic beverages. This proposal will be assessed by the Commission. Should the Commission consider the self-regulatory approached proposed by the industry as unsatisfactory, it would then launch an impact assessment to review further available options in line with Better Regulation principles.

To read the report in full and for more information on food information to consumers and EU alcohol policy, see:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/labelling_nutrition/labelling_legislation_en

http://ec.europa.eu/health/alcohol/policy_en

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Pro2Pac and Waste-Works Announce High Profile Speaker Line-up

Pro2Pac and Waste-Works have revealed an exciting line-up of high-profile speakers for the three-day event which returns to ExCeL London this March. A host of well-known industry experts including Dick Searle, CEO of The Packaging Federation, Jonny MacNeal, Business Development Manager at Insignia Technologies (winner of Best New Concept at the 2016 UK Packaging Awards) and Simon Rayner of Friends of the Earth, will take to the ‘Outside the Box’ stage – built entirely from recyclable cardboard! – to discuss a wide range of packaging-related issues. Underlining the event’s new combined waste and packaging focus, these will include topics such as the coffee cup recycling debate, the reduction of food waste through packaging and shelf life maximisation technologies.

Additional speakers include Andrew Jackson, Director of ooh-AR Technologies, who will discuss augmented reality, and Antoinette Devine, an experienced packaging professional who has previously worked with Bacardi, talking on the ‘Juxtaposition of Waste and Sustainability’ in the Luxury Packaging Sector.

These bite-sized and thought-provoking ‘industry insight’ briefings will run throughout each day while the lunchtime panel debates will see a number of experts share their views on a wide range of hot topics.  These will include an assessment chaired by Philip Chadwick, editor of Packaging News, of how the packaging industry will fare post-Brexit, as well as the ‘Storm in a Coffee Cup’ debate chaired by Martin Kersh, executive director of the FPA, with Peter Goodwin (Closed Loop Recycling), Chris Sherrington (Eunomia environmental consulting), Simon Rayner (Friends of the Earth), Joanna Gilroy (Bunzl) and Adrian Pratt (Benders Paper Cups).  For full details of the speaker timetable and topics, visit pro2pac.co.uk/outsidethebox

Nick Piper, Event Manager for Pro2Pac said:  “We’re delighted to welcome such high profile names from the packaging sector, both brand owners and manufacturers alike from across the globe, to take part in our speaker programme which promises to tackle the latest challenges affecting our industry, head on.”

Alongside these expert workshops, more than 120 food and drink packaging companies including Coveris, Henkelman UK, Organic Waste Logistics and Rapid Action Packaging will be on hand at Pro2Pac and Waste-Works to offer inspiration, advice and exceptional packaging solutions.

Pro2Pac is free to attend – simply register online at pro2pac.co.uk

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Exciting Paper Cup Design From Metsa Board

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, presented a revolutionary new paperboard cup design concept called ‘Lidloc’ for the first time at the recnt Packaging Innovations Exhibition held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The Lidloc patented design is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid. This innovative design completely removes the need for a separate plastic lid and will re-invent how paperboard cups are produced, consumed and recycled.

Cyril Drouet, Metsä Board’s Design & Innovation Director has worked closely on this exciting project with his design team and recently presented the Lidloc concept to an invited audience at the Packaging Innovations exhibition. He explains the benefits of this innovative design: “We have designed this to be a one-piece construction that removes the need for a separate plastic lid. It is easy to fold and assemble with a secure lid-locking design. The integrated lid is spill proof and offers extra branding power as it can be printed as one piece with the rest of the cup. The lid also contains an integrated ‘sip’ mechanism for hot beverages as well as being ideal for cold drinks with a straw.”

Lidloc is an example of how Metsä Board is supporting customers to enhance their brands by delivering sustainable and innovative packaging solutions. All Metsä Board’s paperboards are made from a renewable resource – fresh fibres. The fibres are of known origin and they help ensure purity and brightness of appearance.

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Packaging Automation Featured in Sunday Times Top 100 SME Exporter League Table

A leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling machinery, Packaging Automation (PA) has been ranked number 47 in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 league table. The league table ranks Britain’s small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales.  PA which appears for the first time achieved an impressive 57% increase in export sales to reach 47th place.

PA which offers industry leading packaging technology to a number of markets but predominantly the food industry is on track to double its sales turnover in an ambitious 5 year period.  Innovation and the introduction of unique patented technology has been key to the company’s success in the last two years taking it beyond competitors by offering the highest speed tray sealing machinery in the world.

By working with a number of key distributors in Northern Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia the business has been able to share its technology, packaging knowledge and knowhow with food manufacturers and fresh produce packers in these markets. The increasing popularity of packaged goods in these overseas markets has fuelled the rapid growth in export sales for PA.

Commercial director Sam Ashton comments: “We are proud to be a British manufacturer and our ambitious young management team have set their sights on growing the business through product innovation and new overseas markets. Export sales is an important aspect of this strategy and we are delighted to have been identified as one of the top 100 SME exporters in the UK.”

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The UK’s Leading Packaging Event is Hailed a Huge Success

Asda, Britvic, ALDI, Avon, Beiersdorf, Coty, GSK, Harrods and Jaguar Land Rover were just some of the major names attending this year’s Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print. Visitors flocked through the doors to hear the latest trends, solutions and innovations in the packaging and print market. They were treated to 300 exhibitors plus over 30 hours of educational content, from leading names including Innocent, Amazon, Mintel, Jaguar Land Rover and Lucozade Ribena Suntory. The show, which has been hailed a success by both visitors and exhibitors, also successfully launched four new show features.

James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, commented: “This is my first taste of Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print, and it’s been an incredible show. The world of packaging is fast moving and constantly evolving, and it’s great to be at the heart of such a dynamic industry. This show enables professionals spanning the whole packaging spectrum to see the latest trends and newest innovations before everyone else. There were lots of new additions for this year including an Innovation Showcase with onsite interactive voting, an Inclusivity feature and the Pentawards display, revealing the cream of packaging design. With an astounding 76% onsite exhibitor rebook for next year, I’m sure the 2018 show will be the biggest yet.”

The Ideas Factory, a new theatre within the content programme, gave visitors unique access to leading experts from non-packaging based companies who discussed their insights and innovations which could be applied to the packaging market. Brands passing on their knowledge included British Gas – Hive, Mintel, Cambridge University, Blippar and Knowledge Transfer Network.

Tom Guy, Product Director at Hive, British Gas, discussed how to use technology to solve a specific problem. Guy commented: “We at Hive wanted to be a disruptor to the marketplace, whilst also adding value to British Gas. We had to make sure the whole brand clicked, from the innovative products and the very latest technology, through to brand design and the unboxing process. Technology has allowed us to design the product, adapting and learning from our customers as we go, creating a consistent, frictionless, simple integrated customer journey.”

Inclusivity was a key talking point at the show. Cambridge University, in partnership with DRW Packaging Consultants, hosted a new show feature, which examined how packaging can be made more inclusive at the design stage. Ian Hosking, Senior Research Analyst, at Cambridge University was pleased with the number and calibre of people keen to discuss the topic: “Our objective is always quality not quantity, however on this occasion we managed both. It is fantastic to see people are really starting to think about their packaging, looking how they can turn it into an advantage. We have been explaining to visitors just how important the role of packaging is in independent living, and its commercial benefits. We have started the ball rolling. The job of us, and everyone else, is to keep it moving forward.”

Also new for 2017 was the Pentawards Display, which showcased the 2016 Diamond, Platinum and Gold Pentawards winners. Visitors voted for their favourite packaging, from the likes of Dominos, Marc Jacobs, Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery, Chivas Regal and Sony, with Holika Holika being crowned champion. In addition to this, Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, hosted a series of intimate and topical sessions for the food and drink industries.

Running alongside the show features was a full programme of inspirational content across five dedicated theatres. Sustainability was one of the show’s hot topics, with Simon Reid, Sustainability Manager at Innocent, kicking off day one with his keynote session ‘Leaving things better than we find them’. He announced that the next generation of Innocent bottles will be created using plant based renewable sources, an exciting innovation for the brand. During his session, he also discussed Innocent’s packaging criteria which includes ‘looking great on the shelf, feeling great in the customer’s hands and being sustainable’. Simon outlined the difficulties of balancing these criteria and the failures the brand has had in trying to do so, including its unsuccessful 2006 100% recyclable bottle. ​

Continuing this theme, Amazon discussed its e-commerce fulfilment journey, highlighting three tiers of its Amazon certified packaging – Frustration-Free Packaging, Ships in Own Container and Prep-Free Packaging – which allow for innovative e-Commerce packaging that reduce the company’s environmental impact, by removing excess packaging materials.

Brent Nelson, Senior Manager of WW Packaging (CPEX) – Sustainability at Amazon, commented on his experience at Packaging Innovations: “What an excellent reception for me and my colleague, Justine, and what a well-attended show. We had a packed theatre, and a queue of people waiting to ask us questions at the end, which is always fantastic. I’m thrilled we were able to be part of it.”

Alongside these educational opportunities, the show hosted over 300 leading exhibitors presenting their latest innovations and services; with 70% of suppliers using the show to launch new products. Ivo Maasdam, Sales and Marketing Director at FlexPet, commented: “As a first-time exhibitor we were not completely sure what to expect, but we have had a fantastic show. The quantity, and more importantly quality, of visitors to our stand has been fantastic. Our business is experiencing growth in the UK, so it seemed like the perfect time to exhibit at Packaging Innovations, and we have not been disappointed. In fact, we have already rebooked our stand for next year.”

Visitors also had a productive show, Helen Tobin, NPD Manager at Montagne Jeunesse International commented: “We are currently looking for suppliers in different fields to which we currently operate, so we came to the event because it provides a great opportunity to meet these people, and to see what’s new in the market. There was such a good spread of exhibitors for us to network with, it really was the perfect platform for us to do business.”

The next Easyfairs packaging event will be Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging London, which takes place at London Olympia on 13 & 14 September 2017. For anyone interested in exhibiting, more information can be found here (at www.easyfairs.com/PI-London) or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Refreshed Packaging For Ryvita Thins

Ryvita is launching a brand-new look for Ryvita Thins – its popular flatbread range. Launched in 2008, the range has grown rapidly in popularity and has quickly become a household staple and snacking favourite. Thanks to its taste and versatility for snacking, sharing, dipping, pre-dinner entertaining and smörgåsbording, plus its variety of flavour selection, the range has become unrivalled in the flatbread category with more than 50% share of the market.

With striking block colour backgrounds divided by clean and chic lines, the vibrant packaging is designed to stand out on-shelf and help consumers easily navigate between the five delicious flavour variants in the Ryvita Thins range. The packaging revamp and the new geometric look for the range comes ahead of the launch of a new and exciting flavour that is set to hit the shelves in May. The use of duotones, a key design trend for 2017, is both stylish and simple and has been designed to appeal to foodies who are looking for delicious and guilt-free snacks. The new packaging also sees a shift to brighter and bolder colours which further highlights the lively personality of the range. The impactful new designs come from brand design agency, Coley Porter Bell.

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Mercury Packaging and CPS Flexible Merge

In a key strategic move designed to increase capacity and boost production efficiencies, Mercury Packaging and CPS Flexible have merged to form a major flexible packaging company with a combined turnover of some £16 million and forecasted growth of 25% over a three-year period.

The newly-formed BRC (British Retail Consortium) accredited business will operate under holding company, Quicksilver, but retain the Mercury Packaging and CPS Flexible brand names. Primarily targeting the food, publishing, retail and security markets, it will run from the existing state-of-the-art production facilities located in Nottingham and Leicester.

Backed by a dynamic senior management team, the merged company offers high performance production equipment, including six extruders, three print presses and a range of converting machines, as well as lamination and in-house design capabilities.

Tony Stanger, new Group Chairman, comments: “This transaction brings together two highly complementary and long-established organisations to create a new, more powerful flexible packaging company designed to further enhance our expertise and capabilities.”

CPS Flexible has extensive extrusion capability for the production of both polythene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) films to complement their print and bag-making functions. Mercury Packaging does not offer extrusion but boasts printing, conversion and lamination competencies.

“The individual businesses have been very successful and achieved sustainable levels of profit but capacity was starting to become an issue and a potential obstacle to future growth,” adds Tony. “It became evident very quickly that there were several areas for synergy between the companies.

“Despite both operating within the food and publishing markets, there are very few common customers and significant areas where Mercury Packaging could benefit from CPS Flexible’s extrusion capabilities. Likewise, the former’s lamination equipment will be an advantage for CPS Flexible.”

Going forward, Mercury Packaging’s Chairman, Tony Stanger, will take on the role for the group, and CPS Flexible’s current Production Director, Simon Rose, will become Group Managing Director.

Other key group roles include Ray Franks as Sales Director, David Mallison as Finance Director and John Fisher as Production Manager.

Group MD, Simon Rose, says: “This is an extremely positive move for our businesses with customers benefitting from the two companies’ combined 65 years’ experience in the flexible packaging industry. Plus both organisations have a strong sense of shared vision and values, highlighting a natural synergy in terms of what we do and how we do it.”

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Munksjö Launches Barrier Paper Gerstar Mo to Prevent Mineral Oil Getting into Food

Munksjö has launches Gerstar™ Mo, a specialty paper developed for packaging applications to protect food from potential contamination by mineral oils. This barrier paper will enable converters and brand owners to develop sustainable packaging made of renewable materials offering maximum consumer food safety.

Made from virgin fibres and suitable for direct food contact, Gerstar™ Mo provides primary packaging with an excellent mineral oil (MOSH-MOAH*) barrier.

It also prevents cross contamination coming from secondary packaging. Gerstar™ Mo is available in 50g/m² and over. Printable in helio and flexo, this barrier paper delivers top quality printing results and perfectly supports any brand messages. Suitable for lamination, extrusion/coating, varnishing and hot and cold seal, Gerstar™ Mo is recommended for bags, sachets, pouches and wrappers.

Its primary use is for dry food flexible packaging such as biscuits, crisp bread or dehydrated foods. Gerstar™ Mo is a one-side coated paper manufactured at the Munksjö Stenay site in France.

“The food packaging industry is particularly attentive to consumer safety and direct food contact. The market has to meet the increasing health and safety expectations while maintaining high standards of performance. Advances in paper innovation, such as this new mineral oil barrier paper, will help the market move forward sustainably,” says Alexandra Venot, vice-president, flexible packaging business unit.

“When developing food packaging, brand owners must find the right balance between functionality, shelf-appeal and sustainability. At Munksjö, we develop paper-based solutions that offer the required physical protection and converting abilities.

Depending on the end-use, paper should also provide the appropriate barrier or combination of barriers for perfect shelf-life, such as grease, moisture, aromas or oxygen to name a few. Munksjö is continuously working on pushing the technical limits of natural fibres to meet these challenges.”

The site in Stenay has approximately 220 employees and is part of the Graphics and Packaging Business Area. This production site manufactures one-side coated papers for food and non-food flexible packaging, wet-glue or self-adhesive labels, metallising, release liners and other industrial applications. The site is certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, FSC® and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody.

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Microscan Announces Upgrade to Free Online Barcode Generator

Microscan has announced an upgraded version of the company’s barcode generator, enabling users to create, save, and email customise barcodes.

Twenty eight different barcode types, from linear to stacked to 2D symbologies, are now available. While not intended as a professional barcode application tool, the barcode generator is an informative resource that allows users to see and understand different symbology features.

User-created barcodes can be downloaded, saved, and sent by email. The following symbologies are supported: Aztec, Codabar, Code 11, Code 128, Code 39, Code 39 Extended, Code 93, Data Matrix, DataBar Expanded, DataBar Limited, DataBar Stacked, DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional, DataBar Truncated, EAN-13, EAN-8, GS1-128, Industrial 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, Matrix 2 of 5, MicroPDF417, PDF417, PLANET, POSTNET, QR Code, Telepen, UPC-A, UPC-E, and USPS.

The barcode generator is just one of the many online resources offered by Microscan. A recognised leader in barcode reading, barcode verification, and machine vision, Microscan offers free on-demand training, multimedia resources, and other materials to organisations and professionals wanting to boost productivity, increase efficiency, and maximize competitiveness by using barcodes and automating inspection processes.

Additional online tools are also available, including videos, webinars, white papers, and other materials for industry professionals who want to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in track, trace, and control technology.

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IFE 2017 – Bursting with Food and Drink Inspiration!

Back for 2017, IFE (The International Food & Drink Event) is getting ready to open its doors to a fantastic, vibrant four-day food and drink extravaganza, featuring more than 1,350 food and drink suppliers. Inspiring buyers and suppliers alike, IFE 2017 is expected to welcome more than 29,000 attendees from 108 countries, over 35 industry leading speakers as well as top chefs from a diverse range of culinary backgrounds and channels.

Taking place 19 to 22 March 2017 in London, the home of innovation, visit this four day extravaganza to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and network with the industry’s finest.

IFE 2017 is split into 9, easy to navigate, sections. The sections are Bakery, Cheese & Dairy, Drinks, Great British & Irish Food, Grocery, Health & Wellbeing, Ingredients, Meat & Seafood and Snacks & Confectionery. Click here to see the 2017 exhibitor list.

IFE 2017 will showcase an array of exciting and innovative food & drink products… Click to hear from some of the exhibitors.

To register for your free entrance badge and avoid paying the £25 on-the-door charge, please click here. TRADE ONLY.

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NOVATWIST® – The One-of-a-kind Closure For Wine and Spirits

NOVATWIST® is the first polymer-based (non metallic) screw cap for wines, spirits and other non carbonated beverages. NOVATWIST® is a one-of-a-kind closure which fits 30×60 BVS/BVP and 22×30 BVP bottle neck finishes.

Resealable, safe, resistant and highly customizable, NOVATWIST® is the trendy cap to appeal to new generations of consumers.

Its Saranex or tin barrier liner holds fruit aromas and maintains freshness more efficiently than natural or synthetic corks. Moreover, quality of the beverage remains consistent.

The NOVATWIST® closure is the only screw cap which can be both applied on automated bottling lines and by hand (without any tool).

Last but not least, NOVATWIST® is fully and easily recyclable. More information on www.novatwist.com or by contacting info@novatwist.com.

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Premier Foods Re-invents an Old Favourite With New Pot Variation

Premier Foods is investing in its Batchelors brand by launching its much-loved Super Noodles range into convenient pots. With 4.6 million buyers each year, Super Noodles already has strong brand loyalty, and the new range of pots will aim to attract new shoppers into the Pot Snacks category, currently worth £163 million.

Batchelors Super Noodles will be the first Premier Foods product to benefit from the partnership between Premier and Japanese noodle leader, Nissin Foods. Nissin’s founder, Momofuku Ando, created the world’s first ever instant ramen products in 1958, and later in 1971, the first Pot type instant noodles, helping contribute to food culture around the world. The new pot format uses Nissin’s world leading noodle technology and will be produced at their production facility in Central Europe.

“We’re hugely excited about working with Nissin to take Batchelors Super Noodles into dry pots. As the demand for convenient and tasty snacks continues to grow, we believe entering this category will open up new occasions for Batchelors. Offering our much-loved Super Noodle flavours in a handy format will help bring new shoppers into the category as well as encouraging those who already love the brand to enjoy their favourite noodles more frequently,” comments Yilmaz Erceyes, Brand Director of Savoury Meals at Premier Foods.

Mitsuyuki Nishimori, Nissin’s Chief Representative for Europe, Middle East and Africa, adds: “The combination of Nissin’s noodle expertise with the strong brand equity of Batchelors is one of the key benefits of our partnership with Premier Foods. Thanks to teams on both sides, we’ve managed to bring our first product to market in less than a year, which is a great achievement. We believe that the new Batchelors pots deliver a superior taste that consumers will enjoy and we’re committed to collaborating with Premier on future developments in the months and years to come.”

Batchelors Super Noodle pots will be available in Chicken, BBQ Beef, Curry and Bacon flavours and the launch will be supported by an integrated trial campaign including Instore and Media support.

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GEA Packaging Equipment at Interpack 2017 Helps Turn Ideas into Realities

“Packed with inspiration” is the theme for the GEA stand at Interpack, where it will present systems for packaging of food, confectionery and baked goods, beverages, medical and technical items, and pharmaceuticals. The world’s leading trade fair for the processing and packaging industry will take place from May 4 to 10, 2017 in Düsseldorf. The most recent Interpack was visited by more than 170,000 trade visitors from 190 countries.

GEA has designed its processing solutions to match the trends of the times – for a highly regulated industrial sector, for highly sensitive package contents, and for highly critical consumers. These solutions support manufacturers in realizing ever more reliable, flexible, efficient, and imaginative packaging. New developments will include an entry-level thermoformer model and an ultra-hygienic vertical bagger system, as well as a coating and wrapping line designed to revive the lollipop market. One highlight at the fair will be a revolutionary non-destructive quality control system for modified-atmosphere packaging (MAP) – the extraordinary GEA response to the questions as to how we can prevent food waste.

GEA PowerPak with Powerguide and EasyCheck.

Getting started

One of the headliners is a new thermoformer configuration developed as a basic machine with restricted functionality. The entry-level GEA DeltaPak provides access for smaller-scale packaging operations to the quality and reliability of the proven GEA PowerPak platform. It is part of the recently re-defined GEA PowerPak range, which makes specifying a thermoformer for a particular application much easier and more cost-effective by omitting functions that are not required. There will likewise be a PowerPak for medical and technical packaging at the GEA stand.

Moving up to large-scale operations

GEA DualSlicer 1200.

PowerPak presentation will also feature an integrated slicing/packaging line for larger-scale operations. The line includes an OptiScan, a pre-scanning system to minimize give-away and increase the yield of sliced portions, a DualSlicer 1200 with Interleaver and Check 4000 weigher designed to slice raw ham, and a ShingleLoader to load portions automatically into the PowerPak packaging unit. This thermoformer is fitted with a new labeler, end-of-line lane convergers, and a revolutionary new, non-destructive quality control system for MAP packaging. For vertical bagging users, there will be two continuous-operation SmartPackers, a CX250 with a multi-head weigher, and a CX400 that meets the highest hygiene standards.

Sweet? Sour? Sweet-sour!

GEA BunchWrapper with Label Unit.

GEA recently launched its Aquarius BunchWrapper: the world’s first fully automatic line that forms, cools, coats, and wraps lollipops. GEA has now equipped the Aquarius BunchWrapper wrapping machine with labelers for inserting labels inside the wrapper film or directly on the stick. This enables manufacturers to set off their products from their competition by adding information such as barcodes or promotional information such as logos and campaigns. Powder, syrup, or granule coatings provide additional taste, distinctive coloration, and special gloss. Visitors to the GEA stand can take along samples of the lollipops with sweet-sour coating and can draw inspiration for their future products.

In addition to medical and food packaging, as well as slicing and lollipop equipment at the more than 1,000 square-meter stand (hall 7a, stand B09/B31), GEA at Interpack will also display equipment serving the bakery, beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

GEA Service – For your continued success

Tailor-made service addressing the customers’ needs help to maintain and even improve the performance of packaging technology in the long run. With several options out of the new service concept “GEA Service – For your continued success” GEA supports customers throughout the entire life cycle of their installed systems and components – from project engineering, installation, and commissioning to production. There will likewise be an information desk on the GEA stand at Interpack, where customer service personnel will be available to provide more info on the recently introduced customer-care concept.

You can find the GEA 1,047 square-meter stand B09/B31 in hall 7a at Interpack.

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More Innovation on Display Than Ever Before at Packaging Innovations 2017

The UK’s largest packaging event, Packaging Innovations, returns to Birmingham’s NEC (1 & 2 March), with over with over 350 leading suppliers spanning the entire packaging supply chain.

Innovative Showfloor

Innovation is at the heart of the show, with many exhibitors using it as the launchpad for their new products and services.

  • Aegg Creative Packaging is launching ‘mini-Aegg’, which allows food outlets and producers to order smaller quantities of off-the-shelf premium plastic food packaging
  • CS Labels will debut its new embellishment capabilities for digital labels, which focuses on foiling, embossing and debossing
  • Automated Packaging Systems is presenting FastWrap, producing honeycomb bubbles and tubes on-demand for wrapping, interleaving and block-and-brace applications
  • Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast will be introducing two new additions to its stand-up pouch range, offering sustainable, user friendly solutions
  • Carlton Packaging will launch Rapisac, its hanging mailing bag system, which increases process speed and reduces operational costs by saving four seconds per bag
  • Impression Technology Europe will debut its Eclipse DC220 ST label finisher, which machine cuts up to 25 linear meters per minute
  • Firstan is launching the M-Lock© tamper evident carton, providing a tamper evident mechanism, removing the need for further processing
  • Involvement Packaging will unveil its new division – OiPPS – an ecommerce brand that offers plastic and metal containers to small businesses and home-based start-ups
  • Milliken Europe will debut its UltraClear Polypropylene which is clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 series, offering a new clarity standard for PP
  • Neville and More will exhibit its new range of Low Profile Wide Neck Polypropylene Jars
  • Vivid Laminating Technologies will launch its new video book solution, in addition to showcasing its Matrix Laminators and Easycoat Gluing System
  • Quadpack Industries will introduce its Cooling Roller Tube, a cross-technology pack that features a Yonwoo airless tube and a metal roller-ball applicator
  • Ranpak will display its Geami WrapPak, which is a patented die cut kraft paper, with a tissue interleaf paper, providing a perfect unboxing experience for consumers
  • Greenearth Food Packaging is presenting its Bran Tableware, which is made from 100 per cent bran fibre and its Wood Carrier Trays
  • Sabert Europe will present its ReadyMeal trays made from black PP, clear PP and CPET

Show Offers

In addition to a wide range of product launches, visitors will also be able to see an array of cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions specific to their organisational needs.

  • Durst Phototechnik AG will demonstrate print samples and applications from its Tau 330 and Tau 330E UV inkjet label presses
  • Label Apeel will showcase its award-winning decorative labels and will be on hand to discuss the various printing techniques and tools used
  • X-Rite Pantone is showcasing an expanded new colour library for PantoneLIVE, the cloud-based solution for digitally communicating colour
  • HP is presenting its range of INDIGO Digital Presses
  • EPSON is displaying its portfolio of inkjet printers, including the ColourWorks C3500, which brings high-quality colour and on-demand versatility to labels, tags and tickets
  • Yorkshire Packaging Systems will be celebrating its 40th anniversary live on the showfloor by displaying its compact and cost-effective palletising solution
  • Elobau UK will exhibit its machine safety and operator controls products
  • Décomatics S.A will present its stretch labelling sleeves, shrink sleeves, booklet labels and envelopes and bags
  • Elplast Europe will exhibit its EL-ZIP® range of press to close zippers for all key processes
  • Feldmuehle Uetersen will display VivaCard and VivaLiner, for modern POS solutions that meet the requirements for holistic packaging design
  • Graphic Packaging International will reveal its packaging concepts, including the can and bottle multipack cartons, offering a premium and sustainable solution to maximise shelf standout
  • Packaging Products (Coatings) will be exhibiting its range of products used to secure loads in transit, reduce damages and improve safety
  • Siltech will display its range of inks and labels, including those that change colour when heated or when irradiated with UV, Gamma or IR
  • Croxsons is focusing on adding value to glass packaging through a variety of advanced decoration techniques and closures, plus it will also display it’s The House of Erick bottle
  • PFM Packaging Machinery will be exhibiting its portfolio of horizontal, vertical form fill seal machinery and multi head weighers

To register for free please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK or contact the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Global Food Contact Conference in Rome, Italy 15-17 May 2017

Over 180 experts from across the food contact industry will gather in Rome, Italy from 15–17 May 2017 to attend Smithers Pira’s Global Food Contact (http://www.food-contact.com/global-food-contact/agenda).

Food and beverage packaging was valued at $221 billion in 2016 and with food packaging predicted to grow at a faster rate than any other packaging market in the next five years it’s clear why it’s increasingly important to stay up-to-date with regulations in this ever-changing industry. Food contact regulations across the globe often fail to unite, so players from across the supply chain have a constant battle to stay-to-date with key legislation in all countries they export to, which is why Global Food Contact offers them the perfect solution.

Described as “An  efficient and enjoyable means of staying up to date with the global regulatory landscape” by
Allan Brown from Scholle IPN Packaging Inc., Global Food Contact offers delegates the opportunity to hear the latest industry trends, deepen their understanding of international FCM requirements, gain updates on food contact legislation, network with food contact professionals and receive the latest information on regulatory requirements in all key markets they export to including Europe, US, Canada, Asia and South America.

Attendees to the conference include industry leaders and legislators from across the food contact supply chain such as regulatory affairs professionals, chemical manufacturers, material suppliers, brand owners and R&D scientists developing new chemicals for food contact applications.

Sessions include:

  • Printing inks for food contact materials: European regulatory status and projects; the ink industry’s approach Sebastian Gierisch, hubergroup
  • On harmonizing global food contact regulations – an industry perspective Jim Huang, Coca-Cola, USA
  • China’s food contact regulations related to plastics Ningjia Zheng, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, USA

Delegates to the conference will also be able to book themselves onto an exclusive pre-conference workshop, taking place on Monday 15th May with Head of Food Contact Compliance at Smithers Pira, Alistair Irvine.

For more information on Global Food Contact visit http://www.food-contact.com/global-food-contact.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available. For more information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact Stephen Frier on +44 (0)1372 802006 or email sfrier@smithers.com.

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Four New Show Features at Packaging Innovations 2017

Packaging Innovations 2017, the UK’s leading event dedicated to the packaging industry, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017, with four new show initiatives, plus a series of returning visitor favourites.

This year’s show sees the launch of The Inclusivity in Packaging Feature, bringing leading experts together to examine how packaging can be more inclusive at the design stage to better meet customers’ needs and maximise appeal. Hosted by David Wiggins of DRW Packaging Consultants, visitors will be shown how to measure the impact their design decisions have on the consumer and how to develop a business case for implementing improvements.

New for 2017 is The Ideas Factory, which will enable visitors to gain fresh ideas and inspiration by learning from leading experts from non-packaging based companies such as British Gas, Mintel, Cambridge University, Blippar and Knowledge Transfer Network. This will allow cutting-edge techniques and knowledge from other industries to be applied to the packaging sector.

​In a first for the show, Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, is hosting a series of intimate, topical sessions for the FMCG industry. Topics will cover an array of subjects, from packaging defects and labelling updates, through to contact materials and openability. Campden BRI will also be hosting a competition for attendees, to see if they can guess the ‘foreign body’.

The final new addition for 2017 is The Pentawards Display, which will see the 2016 Diamond, Platinum and Gold Pentawards winners showcased live on the showfloor. The display will be made up from the awards’ five main categories – beverages, body, food, luxury and other markets – and will include packaging from brands such as Dominos, Marc Jacobs and Sony.

There will be additional showfloor entertainment in the form of The Drinks Symposium which will see innovative new drinks brands, Asterley Bros, Brighton Gin and Gigglewater explain the stories behind their new products. They will discuss how, in today’s crowded marketplace, original thinking, a unique story and imaginative packaging can enhance a new product’s desirability and create a strong brand identity.

Also returning is The Pharmaceutical Symposium, where an array of global leaders will examine the core issues and trends from the industry. Greg Anderson, Device Director at GSK, will explore ‘Medicine manufacturing industry partnership – Opportunities to engage for the packaging technology sector’, while Sanjay Patel, Global Innovation Connector at Coca-Cola, will look at ‘Can employing FMCG innovation tools deliver novelty and thus improvement in patient treatment adherence?’.

The BIG Print Debate will tackle the big issues and trends currently facing the print industry, the Great Innovation Debate will be hosted by Josh Brooks of Packaging News, while visitors looking for specific one-to-one expert advice on any packaging challenges can head to The Packaging Consultancy Clinic, which is being hosted by the Packaging Society.

Whether it’s reducing waste through smarter packaging, finding more energy efficient solutions or finding more recyclable materials, companies with an environmental agenda, will see how some of the sector’s brightest talents are helping to achieve sustainability targets during The Ecopack Challenge. This Dragons’ Den style session will feature three short-listed companies demonstrating their environmentally responsible packaging ideas to a panel of experts and show visitors. The winner will have the opportunity to develop their idea with Marks & Spencer.

The show also features five seminar theatres packed with over 30 hours of free-to-attend educational content. These sessions are being delivered by packaging industry leaders from companies such as Co-Op, Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Mondelēz International.

For more information, including the full seminar programme and free registration, please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

Product recalls can have a catastrophic impact on a food manufacturer’s brand and business but existing systems often rely on people that are prone to errors. A new white paper from OAL explains the top five errors and how food manufacturers can ‘Protect their brands from product recalls with automation’.

In 2015, 277 product recalls in the UK were related to labelling and packaging errors. People up and down the supply chain make mistakes every day and manufacturers need to be confident that their systems can detect and prevent them. Written by Wayne Johnson, OAL Connected Manager, the white paper provides insights into:

  • The top five reasons label and packaging errors occur in food manufacturing.
  • How automation can prevent label and packaging errors.
  • Ideas on the future development path of automation in food manufacturing.

Wayne has worked in the food industry for over 20 years, on both sides of the retail fence for as Technical Manager for First Milk and a Supermarket Auditor for Somerfield. He now works for OAL helping food manufacturers eliminate errors and explains: “We published this white paper to help manufacturers understand the errors and risks they are exposed to everyday and how they can use automation to overcome them. Every year there is more pressure for compliance and food safety and ultimately paper based systems can’t keep up.”

OAL Connected is installed on over 1,000 lines globally eliminating product recalls. Greencore in Leeds, the largest manufacturer of Yorkshire Puddings in the UK chose the system having experienced a product recall. Caroline Smales, Technical Manager at Greencore, explains: “What the system has given us is peace of mind and allowed us to regain customer confidence.”

Download a complimentary copy of “Protecting Your Brand Reputation With Automation By Eliminating Label And Packaging Errors”.

OAL Connected protects over 1,000 packaging lines globally from label and date code errors. Leading brands including Heinz, Bakkavor and Yeo Valley use OAL Connected to stop errors and increase productivity. With OAL Connected you can ensure paperless food safety, traceability, performance, productivity, recipe management and label and date code verification (Autocoding). For more information, visit http://www.oalgroup.com/connected/

 

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Pentawards Winners to be Displayed at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

The 2016 Pentawards winners will be showcased at Packaging Innovations 2017, the UK’s leading event dedicated to the packaging industry, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017.

The Pentawards, which celebrated a 10th anniversary last year, is the leading and most prestigious worldwide competition, devoted exclusively to packaging design in all of its forms. The 2016 awards, which were held in Shanghai, received 1,843 entries, from five continents and 54 countries.

The Pentawards Display is a new initiative for 2017; it will feature the 2016 Diamond, Platinum and Gold Pentaward winners, across five main categories – body, beverage, food, luxury and other markets. The display offers visitors the unique opportunity to gain a global perspective of the best and most creative achievements in packaging design from last year.

Each edition of the awards sees packaging designs from around the world being judged by an international panel of 12 highly respected individuals, made up of designers, design directors and marketing chiefs from major global brands. The awards include Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Pentawards, with the most unique packaging receiving the top prize – the Diamond Pentaward.

Sony, Dominos, Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery, Argos, Man Cave Meats, Mousegraphics, The Partners, Chivas Regal, Mengniu, Holika Holika and Marc Jacobs are just some of the major names which will be in the Pentawards Display area. There will also be an ’at show’ competition, with the winner collecting ‘The Package Design Book 4’, published by Taschen, which features all of the 2015 and 2016 Pentaward winning designs.

Shona Thomson, Marketing Manager of Easyfairs’ UK Packaging Portfolio concludes: “We are thrilled to have the Pentawards Display as part of our live showfloor programme. This is a major coup for the show, underscoring our show’s credentials as the place to see the best packaging design and innovation from right across the globe.”

To register for free please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Leading Innovators Set to Take Centre Stage at the UK’s Leading Packaging Event

British Gas, Mintel, Cambridge University, Blippar and Knowledge Transfer Network are among the major names set to speak as part of Packaging Innovations 2017’s newest show feature, The Ideas Factory. This brand-new theatre will welcome an array of non-packaging based experts to share skills, experience, knowledge and the newest techniques from their sector, in order to see how they can be applied to the packaging sector.

On day one of the show, Wednesday 1 March 2017, Tom Guy, Hive Global Product Director at British Gas, will kick things off with his session ‘Hive: Different for a reason’. He will explore the latest technological advances and wireless products that allow you to control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop.

Making sure that people want to talk about and share pictures of products on social media is an important part of any brand’s design process, particularly when it comes to the packaging. With this in mind, David Glenwright, Head of Training Services at JC Social Media, will discuss the nature of ‘user generated’ content and showcase innovative product packaging designs created specifically to encourage social sharing.

The automotive sector is a vital part of the UK’s economy, accounting for more that £71.6 billion turnover. It is currently experiencing its greatest levels of innovation as electric vehicles and developments of the ‘connected car’ flood the market. Dr Ben Lane, Director at Next Green Car and Za-Map, will take to the stage to explore the key lessons being learned from the automotive innovation, giving packaging professionals plenty of reasons to continue driving forward.

Ritchie Bosworth, Founder and Head Brewer at Twisted Barrel Ale, will use his session to explain ‘How craft beer has turned premiumisation on its head’, analysing the pitfalls and mistakes made, and how to best learn from them.

Following Bosworth’s session will be Brian McCarthy, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Advanced Materials for Functional Systems at Knowledge Transfer Network, who will discuss ‘Smart technologies in the UK packaging sector’.

Bringing day one to a close, Zeen Cala, Head of Employer Development at Skills Funding Agency – National Apprenticeship Service, will be giving attendees an in-depth look into the process of innovation.

The educational platform continues on Thursday 2 March with Regina Haydon, Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel. Haydon will reveal Mintel’s 2017 Global Packaging Trends, detailing how new active and intelligent technologies hold out the promise of extended shelf life, improved products and brand security and a more positive consumer experience.

Steven Bagshaw, Business Development Manager at the Centre for Process Innovation, will discuss its development of a simple breathalyser that will give diabetes sufferers a non-invasive method for monitoring glucose levels. Bagshaw will also outline the use of smart packaging in healthcare – one of the fastest developing areas in the sector.

To ensure that the majority of the population are able to use a product or service, organisations must consider the principles of Inclusive Design. Mike Bradley, Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University, will examine the opportunities and challenges of applying these principles in automotive product development. This will be illustrated with the original Ford Focus case study.

Closing the Ideas Factory stream will be Geert Berckmans, Commercial Director – Strategic Partnerships at Blippar. He will present ‘What the packaging industry can learn from FMCG adoption of AR’. During this session, Berckmans will showcase a series of ‘best in class’ examples, whilst discussing the key lessons learned from working with thousands of brands to bring their products to life through augmented reality.

The Ideas Factory will run alongside four other theatres packed with educational content, delivered by major names including Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover and Mondelēz International. There will also be a series of interactive show features, including The Innovation Showcase, The Drinks Symposium, The Great Innovation Debate, The Packaging Consultancy Clinic and The BIG Print Debate.

In addition to this, visitors will have access to over 350 leading international suppliers who will be demonstrating the latest products and services, spanning the entire supply chain.

For more information, including the full seminar programme and free registration, please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Tetra Pak to Invest €24 Million in Packaging Closures Factory

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has announced a €24 million investment in its very first plant for packaging closures in South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. The facility is set to capture the region’s rapid market growth for packaging with closures, forecast to grow by more than 30% between 2015 to 2018.

The advanced regional manufacturing facility will be located within the company’s existing Straws and Strips Plant in Rayong, Thailand, and will become operational in early 2018. With a production capacity of more than three billion units per year, the new plant will enable customers across the region to access locally produced closures for the first time.

“Consumers in our region are increasingly looking for packaging that is functional and convenient, in order to suit their progressively busy lifestyles,” says Michael Zacka, Regional Vice President – Tetra Pak South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. “Being the industry leader, we are committed to drive innovation and help our customers address the evolving market needs. With this new facility we will be able to provide our customers with a wider portfolio of caps and closures, with shorter lead time and enhanced quality, efficiency and flexibility.”

Besides producing new generation closures such as HeliCap23, HeliCap27 and DreamCap26, the factory will also produce bio-based closures, to help drive the sustainability agenda. Additionally, the location of the new factory will reduce CO2 emissions through reduced transportation from the production site to the final customer. And finally, the technology used in the plant will also minimize energy consumption during production.

The announcement comes two months after Tetra Pak announced a €100 million investment in a new regional packaging material manufacturing facility in Vietnam, to build the company’s manufacturing footprint in Asia, alongside existing production facilities in Singapore, India and Japan.

“We are extremely positive about the growth outlook in our region and are quite confident that the new closures plant will help us open many new opportunities,” adds Michael Zacka.

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Ardagh Group to Invest in Rugby Plant

Ardagh Group, a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, has announced an important investment in its Rugby manufacturing plant  for the purpose of converting its beverage can production capabilities from steel to aluminium. This venture will serve to support committed partnership agreements with some of the most well-established beverage brands in the world.  The timeline for the conversion involves project commencement in Q4 2017 and with an anticipated completion in Q1 2018.

The investment in the UK plant’s manufacturing capabilities signals a clear intent from Ardagh Group in the continued development of its recently acquired beverage can business. “We look at this conversion as a key move in furthering Ardagh’s overall footprint and are confident it will be welcomed by our customers, the Rugby plant and our other key stakeholders,” says Oliver Graham, CEO Ardagh Metal Beverage.

The Rugby UK plant was first established in 1989 as a two-line aluminium plant. In 1996, the plant was converted to steel to support customer needs at that time.  Processes within the plant are currently being optimised via Ardagh’s Wrexham plant and other locations acrossEurope to ensure that customer expectations continue to be met during the plant’s downtime.

Metal is a permanent material meaning it can be infinitely recycled without loss of quality. Universally recognised for its protective qualities, versatility and environmental credentials, metal has the strongest recycling rates of all packaging materials in Europe, thus effectively contributing to the fundamental principles of a circular economy.

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Dedicated Food and Drink Workshop Arrives at Packaging Innovations 2017

For the first time at Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2017, Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, will be hosting a series of intimate and topical sessions in a dedicated ‘mini’ theatre for the food and drink industries. The programme of presentations will take place during the UK’s leading packaging event on 1 & 2 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The sessions will explore how organisations can ensure the strength, integrity of packaging, and correct physicochemical characteristics of their packaging so that it protects and preserves products as they move through the supply chain. Campden BRI will also discuss packaging solutions which do not adversely affect the product by interacting and causing taints or loss of quality. Presentations will include ‘The role of packaging in optimising quality’, ‘EU food contact material rules’, ‘Open surgery time – meet the experts’, ‘Understanding migration testing’ and ‘Food packaging: shape colour and texture’.

Visitors will also be able to take part in a ‘Spot the defect’ competition on the Campden BRI stand. The winner will be awarded a free place on the Campden BRI ‘Food contact materials’ seminar, worth over £300.

During the two-day event, the Campden BRI ‘mini’ Theatre will run alongside five other seminar theatres packed with educational content, delivered by major names including Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover and Mondelēz International. There will also be a series of interactive show features, including the Innovation Showcase, The Drinks Symposium, The Great Innovation Debate, The Packaging Consultancy Clinic and The BIG Print Debate.

In addition to this, visitors will have access to 350 leading international suppliers who will be demonstrating the latest products and services which span the entire supply chain from design to machinery and materials to contract packing services.

For further information, visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Fast, Flexible, Accurate – Ishida’s ‘Hungry Monster’

The success of the preferred supplier partnership between Ishida Europe and Tulip, one of the UK’s leading food processing companies, is ideally demonstrated by the latest installation of Ishida equipment at Tulip’s factory in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, where a bespoke line is handling 2.7 tonnes of frozen cocktail sausages every hour. With each cocktail sausage weighing approximately 10g, this equates to an impressive 270,000 sausages per hour.

The Ishida solution comprises both a 24 head and a 14 head multihead weigher from the company’s top-of-the-range RV series, the 24 head feeding a thermoformer while the 14 head is operating in conjunction with a vertical bagmaker.  Ishida also supplied the elaborate feed system, the gantry for the weighers and a bespoke tray filling system, together with a DACS-W-012 checkweigher for final weight control.

Key to the success of the new line is its ability to manage the high volume throughput with minimal product giveaway, and also its flexibility in coping with a variety of packing and production requirements.   The line has been designed to feed the sausages either to the 24 head weigher, which packs them into thermoformed trays for many of the UK’s leading retailers, or to the 14 head model which packs them into bags, mainly for the foodservice sector.

After manufacture and frying, the sausages enter a spiral freezer where they emerge at the top and are fed into the packing operation. It is particularly vital to ensure that production continues uninterrupted, and the system therefore has the ability to divert product for temporary storage – WIP (Work In Progress) as it is termed – while work is carried out on the line, for example a changeover of pack formats.

Product is then fed back to the weighing and packing system to return the packing operation to full speed.

In addition, the line is linked to another processing and packing line in the factory so that product on this line can be easily switched over to cope with high demand – for example, sales of certain products can increase by anything up to 20% when a sunny weekend has been forecast.

Centralised control of the line ensures these changes can be carried out quickly and efficiently.

The 24 head weigher is split into 4 sections with six weigh heads dedicated to each quarter of the weigher, in order to handle the sausages as efficiently as possible and maximise throughput.  The weighed cocktail sausages then pass through a 4×4 configuration filling system above the thermoformer that fills 16 trays at a time at 12 cycles per minute.

Typical speeds are 192 packs per minute for a 220g tray, 180 for a 345g tray and 150 for the 480g size.  The 14 head weigher is operating at around 50 bags per minute for 4kg packs.

With each sausage weighing approximately 10g, pinpoint accuracy is vital and this is an area where the Ishida weighers perform consistently well, according to Tulip’s Project Engineering Manager Rob Hunt, who was responsible for the entire installation.

“We needed a solution that combined accuracy and speed and the Ishida weighers are consistently delivering minimal giveaway at an impressive consistency,” he comments.  “They are also very reliable, easy to use and our operators love them. We refer to this line as the ‘hungry monster’ as it is able to handle nearly anything we throw at it in terms of production throughput.”

The factory operates two eight-hour shifts, five days a week, with a comprehensive clean of the line every night in accordance with Tulip’s stringent hygiene standards.

The hygienic waterproof design of the Ishida RV weighers is certified to IP-69K specification. Features include upgraded seals and gaskets, angled surfaces for rapid wash down and water run off (ensuring faster drying times) and reduced crevices in bushings and hoppers, which help to eliminate bacteria traps.  As a result, the RV weighers installed at Tulip offer maximum hygiene while minimising downtime for cleaning.

The new line was part of a major investment project co-ordinated by Rob Hunt. This involved an extension to the existing building, which was built, fitted out and the line installed as a self-contained unit before the internal wall (which had been the original exterior wall) was removed to join up the new area with the rest of the factory.

“Our close working relationship with Ishida and our other suppliers was crucial to the success of the project,” Rob continues.  “We were very clear about what was required and we worked as a team to ensure this could be achieved.  In this way, any potential issues or problems could be identified, dealt with and solved early in the process so that they did not slow down or affect the progress of the job.”

The result was a project that was delivered on time and on budget.

The new line at the Ruskington site joins a variety of Ishida equipment which has been installed there over the years including five multihead weighers, three QX-1100 tray sealers and nine DACS-W checkweighers.

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Global Brands Take to the Stage at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover, 2 Sisters Food Group, Mondelēz International, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Marks & Spencer are just some of the major brands taking to the stage at Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2017.​

The UK’s leading packaging show, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017 for its twelfth edition, will host over 30 hours of practical and educational content, across five theatres. It will also feature experts from Co-Op, Danone Nutricia, Smithers Pira, Terracycle, Touch Pack Design, Root, the Environmental Services Association and Bunzl.

The age of e-commerce has added another level of complexity to the packaging process as organisations must find ways to reduce waste, minimise damage whilst pleasing customers throughout the journey of the package. With this in mind, two of the world’s leading exponents of e-commerce packaging, Amazon’s Brent Nelson, Senior Manager of WW Packaging, Sustainability, and Justine Mahler, Manager of WW Packaging, Sustainability, will give visitors an insight into the best-in-class solutions when designing packaging for e-commerce.

Sustainability is arguably one of the hottest topics in packaging at the moment, with forecasts predicating that the global sustainable packaging market will be reach $303.60 Billion by 2020. Innocent Drinks has always had sustainability at its heart, with this in mind, its Sustainability Manager, Simon Reid, will present ‘Leaving things better than we find them’. During his talk, Simon will look at how Innocent ensures its supply chain meets not only environmental and social minimum standards, but how it is constantly striving to reduce waste and the amount of energy and water it uses. He will also explore Innocent’s historical work on pushing the boundaries for packaging, as well as its plans for the next few years.

In today’s digitally driven world convenience is king. Consumers have the luxury of being able to access what they want, when they want it. So how do businesses meet these consumer needs while growing in a responsible way? Continuing with the sustainability theme will be Tracy Sutton, Packaging Design and Brand Sustainability Consultant at Root. Tracy will explore the benefits of having a strategic approach to packaging design that is specific to your brand. She will share her perspective on the complex issues of recycling and composting and contrast this with a simple, holistic design approach that can reap increased benefits.​

Launching and maintaining manufacturing operations abroad is a challenging task in so many ways. With this in mind, Theodoros Striftompolas, International Packaging Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, will present ‘High performance packaging behind the high performance cars’. He will detail how the JLR International Packaging team oversees the design, development and management of the packaging of parts, which are to be fitted in the firm’s international plants, and the challenges faced and the opportunities that arise during this process.

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager at Co-Op is exploring the circular economy and what it means for packaging. As part of this he will explain Co-Op’s approach to improving packaging recyclability.

David Tonkin, Group Packaging Development Manager at 2 Sisters Food Group, will be presenting a case study-led session, focusing on creating a food brand for the online world. David will detail how the brand was created, the design explorations, how the designs were brought to life and how it was all delivered to market.

Frits Brinkerhof, Business Project Director at Danone Nutricia, and Martin Bunce, Principle Consultant at Tin Horse, will share the successful design approach used for developing the new Aptamil Profutura infant nutrition pack. Martin and Frits will also talk about an ‘Agile Innovation’ approach, which analyses how to design for an uncertain world, where change is the only constant.

Anyone looking to add value and increase brand loyalty through functionality will not want to miss the talk by Steven Hind, Head of Marketing at Lucozade Sport & Lucozade Ribena Suntory, and Heidi Maxwell, Managing Director of Touch Pack Design. The presentation will explore Lucozade’ s desire to entice more people to buy its sports drink by designing a revolutionary drinks bottle, pinpointing the consumer’s need for a lightweight yet strong bottle, addressing three key barriers to purchase; efficacy, value and relevance.

These seminars and case studies are selected to provide inspiration and practical guidance on packaging, label and print issues. To see the full line-up and to register for free please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Hula Hoops Enhances its Playful Side With Rebrand

Hula Hoops has revealed its new packaging design, its first rebrand in over a decade. The fresh look was developed by award-winning branding consultancy Coley Porter Bell. The agency was tasked with helping Hula Hoops to reclaim lead status as the family snack of choice, through enhancing the inherent fun of the product story, and leveraging appetite appeal.

In order to convey the brand’s playful nature in the packaging design, Coley Porter Bell removed any non-essential effects, and incorporated new dynamic hoops which rotate speedily around the logo, highlighting the brand USP and the thing consumers love about the product.

Craig Barnes, Design Director at Coley Porter Bell, comments: “It was a fantastic opportunity to help a well-known and much-loved brand become once again the hero of its category. We thoroughly enjoyed the task to revive the iconic status of Hula Hoops, whilst bringing it up to date for the modern consumer. Coley Porter Bell has launched three new products under the Hula Hoops brand name since 2012, and the role of this new design is to sit masterfully at the top of the brand architecture, with a single minded design thought that is powerfully executed.”

Vijay Bhardwaj, Head of Marketing & Formats, KP Snacks adds: “Consumers love the playful nature of the product. Because of this we chose a deliberately evolutionary design with strong branding that enhances the product story simply but powerfully.”

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Yoplait Launches Market-first Liberté Yogurt Pouches in the UK

Yoplait, part of the General Mills group, is investing £3 million in the Liberte brand above the line over the next six months and is now launching yogurt pouches under the Liberté brand in a category first for adult chilled yogurt formats. Liberte Pouches will be supported with a massive consumer sampling campaign targeting more than 250,000 samples across the next few months through high street, event and offices to reach consumers in the on-the-go occasion.

Currently available in Tesco and Sainsbury’s and soon to be available in Spar and Nisa, the creamy thick yogurt comes in 130g portions in Blueberry and Raspberry fruit flavours in the new pouch design. Liberté yogurt is made from 100% naturally sourced ingredients, rich in protein with a thick, rich texture and contains 0% fat. The product is similar in taste and texture to Greek yogurt, which is the strongest growth segment in the category, enjoying an increase of 15% in value sales versus last year[1].

The pouches are aimed at health conscious, active consumers between 20-40 years who are looking for a healthy, convenient, portable snack while on the go.

This is a packaging style that has proven success in other international markets such as Australia where it represents 25% of leading brands’ sales and opens up the on-the-go yogurt market. According to Yoplait category research, this on-the-go occasion presents a £30 million category opportunity for yogurt through driving incremental usage. (GM estimate over 3 years, based on Kantar Usage Panel).

Jo Abram, Marketing Manager at General Mills, says: “We are excited to launch this market-first product into the UK market. The Liberté pouches are the perfect solution for the busy on-the-go consumers of today, offering a convenient, portable, healthy and protein-rich snack. We look forward to initial consumer feedback on this innovative new packaging design.”

General Mills UK is part of General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, which operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2016 global net sales of US $17.6 billion. In the UK General Mills markets and distributes much-loved consumer brands including Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Green Giant sweetcorn and Jus-Rol pastry.

[1] IRI data 52 w/e 5th Nov 2016

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Worldstar For RPC’s Twist Cup With Screw Lid

An innovative packaging solution from RPC Superfos and RPC Promens for a range of premium cold salads from Orkla Foods Norway has been awarded a prestigious WorldStar 2017 in the international packaging competition.

The pack successfully mixes two different resin materials and two different technologies to create a thermoformed twist cup with an injection moulded lid.   The result has similarities with a traditional glass jar which makes it stand out as something special in the cold salad segment. In spite of the challenges that come from using two different resin materials, perfect compatibility between the thermoformed polyethylene body and the injection moulded lid of propylene has been achieved. The lid latches into the locking groove of the cup and, when closed correctly, the consumer hears a comforting click-sound.

Orkla Foods Norway entrusted RPC Superfos Lidköping (Sweden) and RPC Promens Kambo (Norway) with the assignment to develop an out of the ordinary pack to emphasise the high-end appeal of their salads.

“It is a major accolade to receive a WorldStar and we are all very pleased, not least because the award acknowledges a project for which we combined the capabilities and technologies of both RPC Superfos and RPC Promens,” comments Thomas Winkler, Area Sales Manager at RPC Superfos Lidköping.

“We are proud to get the positive attention which comes with a WorldStar award,” confirms Tore Lund, Senior Project Engineer, RPC Promens Kambo.  “It has been a privilege to cooperate with Orkla Foods Norway and to get the opportunity to demonstrate our innovative expertise.”

The twist cup with screw lid went forward to the WorldStar competition following its winning of a ScanStar 2016 in the Nordic Packaging competition. It was also shortlisted for the Danish FoodTech Award 2016.

Organised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) the WorldStar Competition is the pre-eminent international award in packaging.  The 2017 Awards presentation ceremony takes place during Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany in May.

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A.M.P Rose – The Packaging and Processing Machinery Specialist

Established over 35 years ago, A.M.P Rose is one of the world’s leading machine builders, process and packaging solutions provider for the confectionery, chocolate and snack industries.

A.M.P Rose has evolved and developed immensely since its humble beginnings in 1978. It has managed to transform from a small supplier of rebuilt packaging machines for the confectionery industry, to a greatly successful machine builder with international renown and nearly 75% of its products being exported to over 80 countries world wide.

The wide range of new machines include cut and wrap machines for all styles of wrapping, chocolate moulding lines, chocolate wrapping, specific machines for production and packaging of hard candies, laboratory range for trials and small-scale production, as well as revolutionary feeding systems for multi-packing flow wrap machines.

Recent Addition

One of the more recent additions to the A.M.P Rose family is the ‘700/1000’ chocolate moulding line. It is available in multiple widths to suit specific customer applications and outputs. The depositor is capable of producing centre-filled products through the ‘one-shot’ method. Centres such as caramel, praline, fondant etc. can be used. It can also produce chocolate slabs with whole nuts and raisins, or with finely chopped inclusions.

The ‘750/755’ range is an extremely versatile yet low-cost cut and wrap machine which offers production speeds of up to 750 pieces/minute.

The moulding lines are from modular design, which gives them flexibility for any changes that a customer may want to do to the line in the future. Some of the changes that can be achieved include extending the cooling tunnel if the customer decides to change the product going through the line, or if they need to add a biscuit or wafer placing unit in their production. This flexibility gives consideration to a company’s future growth, and fast moving market changes that chocolate manufacturers need to adapt to at any time.

Of all the equipment A.M.P Rose produce, the specialist skill is in the design, manufacture and operation of cut and wrap machinery. The secret is not just in the production of the machine, but in adapting it to suit the different product and wrapping material characteristics that can be encountered.

The ‘750/755’ range is an extremely versatile yet low-cost cut and wrap machine which offers production speeds of up to 750 pieces/minute. The machine is capable of producing confectionery products such as bubble gum, hard candy, chewy sweets and toffees in various different wrapping styles. As well as the traditional double twist or folded ends, versions of the 750 can also produce lollipops, products with a visible design (‘whirl’ machine), cigarette style wraps, and also long bars up to 152mm in length.

Exciting Developments

NR10 machine.

2016 has seen some exciting developments in the company, as they have moved into a new purpose built factory in early January 2016. The new factory has over 100,000 sq/ft of floor space incorporating all departments – machine design featuring 3D CAD/CAM software, a modern machine and fabrication shop with CNC machine tools, software design department, metal finishing as well as electrical and mechanical assembly and testing areas.

This is not the only change of 2016 as the company logo has been changed. “We believe that this more modern design reflects our growth and professional approach to business,” says Adam Malpass, Marketing Manager. “In addition it signals a new beginning for the company and the next chapter of the company’s history.”

Coinciding with this, a brand new website had been launched as well, with the aim to make it easier to use and help to showcase the company’s capabilities as a premium supplier of food processing and packaging equipment.

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Sustainability Supported by Proseal’s E-Seal® Technology

Heat sealing manufacturer Proseal has successfully supplied Cargill with equipment for an extended period of 15 years, producing over 150 tool sets and most recently multiple GT2 and GT2ex Twin machines to keep up with their continuing growth of production.

Cargill’s sustainability efforts are supported by Proseal’s constant drive to reduce power consumption. Proseal has developed a revolutionary high performance, high precision, high force electrical delivery system, that dramatically reduces air consumption normally associated with high speed tray sealing machinery up to 90%, delivering important energy and cost savings.

A Proseal machine fitted with the E-Seal® high force electric heat seal system benefits from an increased seal force of 600%, but consumes only 8% of the air that a machine fitted with an equivalent standard pneumatic cylinder would use.

Other benefits from this system include; the potential to increase machine productivity through a reduced seal time, improved MAP processes through ensuring accurate gas flush positioning and reducing gas flush cycle times.

The innovative E-seal® sealing system is available across Proseal’s range of automatic and semi-automatic tray sealers.

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ULMA Packaging’s Solutions Are Perfect Catch For Seafood Firm

Seasonal catches are the busiest time of the year for seafood processors so it’s imperative that packaging machinery left idle for long periods of time can be restored to action quickly and reliably, with the minimum of fuss, to help meet demand during these peak periods. ULMA Packaging Ltd is helping leading seafood processor Denholm Seafoods improve efficiency and increase its future capacity by supplying two TFS 600 Thermoformers for intermittent packing of whole round Mackerel and Herring at the firm’s modern quayside facility in Peterhead.

Denholm Seafoods, which supplies global markets with both fresh and frozen fish landed by modern vessels who are partners of Denholm Seafoods, required packaging equipment that could help speed the delivery of these seasonal fish from processing to despatch.

Close collaboration with its packaging partner, coupled with ULMA’s equipment expertise for bulk packing, has been essential in getting the 20kg cartons of Mackerel and Herring processed quickly during the intense pressure of the production season, according to Denholm Seafoods’ Managing Director, Robert Duthie.

He says: “One of our competitors recommended ULMA and they’ve not let us down. We don’t run a normal operation each and every day. We work in peaks and troughs throughout the year and required a packaging supplier that could adapt to seasonal production. The Thermoformers are performing excellently, working well getting our products to market with minimum delay.

“We know we are not working the machines to their full capability but we can increase capacity if we need to. The co-operation we have had from ULMA has been excellent. I have been impressed with how quickly they respond to our needs. It’s more than likely that we will increase capacity in the next two or three years and we know that ULMA can help us achieve that goal.”

ULMA’s TFS Thermoformers are the most hygienic on the market thanks to an innovative design, which provides easy access for deep cleaning to help food manufacturers meet and even surpass the most exacting regulatory standards demanded by today’s seafood industry.

In addition to standard thermoformers, which are especially suitable for fish, ready meals, fresh meat, processed meat, poultry, cheese and pates, ULMA also offer a range of equipment combined with Darfresh skin film, which uses roll stock material to create a vacuum skin consumer pack that fits around the product like a second skin to extend shelf life.

One of the country’s leading suppliers of packaging machinery and complete automated lines, ULMA can supply thermoforming solutions tailor-made to suit customers’ requirements with its range which starts from the TFS 200 up to TFS 700 skin, with the TFS 500 and TFS 600 as intermediate models.

Packaging solutions offered by ULMA include vacuum bags to extend shelf life, packs with modified atmosphere (MAP), skin packs designed to follow the shape of the food and the option to display the pack vertically, shrink pack for different-shaped products and packs formed to match the contour of the item’s shape.

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GEA Awarded Large-scale Contract For Nutritional Powders Plant in New Zealand

GEA has been awarded a contract by Mataura Valley Milk to construct a nutritional powders plant in McNab near to Gore in the south island of New Zealand. The plant will process fresh milk and ingredients into added value nutritional powders as well as standard skim milk and whole milk powders. The value of the order to GEA is a figure in the mid double-digit millions (EUR).

The new plant, expected to begin production for the 2018 season, will produce around 140 tonnes of nutritional powder per day. Included in the GEA scope is a milk reception and standardisation plant, powdered and liquid ingredients handling, batch formulation, evaporation and drying, powder handling and filling into 25kg bags. It will also feature a high degree of process automation and product traceability. Energy efficiency and environmental impact have also been a key focus in the plant design. 

Jürg Oleas.

Mataura Valley Milk is majority-owned by Chinese Animal Husbandry Group (CAHG), a Chinese company. Roughly half of the premium nutritional powder produced by the new plant will be exported to China, where Mataura Valley Milk expects steady growth in demand for this product. 

“This contract, which was long-awaited to win by GEA, serves as further proof of our technological leadership and strong market position in the field of dairy processing,” explains Jürg Oleas, CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft. “It also demonstrates the continuing investment appetite of our customers as they attempt to satisfy the growing consumer demand on the Chinese market for milk-based infant formula and other high-quality milk products – and that in an environment impacted by regulatory changes. Although the challenging economic conditions mean that GEA’s order intake in the fourth quarter of 2016 will not repeat the record level achieved in the same quarter of the previous year, we are confident that customers throughout the world will continue to invest in our process technologies and place major orders for all product areas and applications.”

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Tetra Pak Gets Closer to Fully Renewable Packaging Goal with New Aseptic Carton

Tetra Pak has launched a new version of Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap™ 30. This is the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest class of Vinçotte certification for its use of renewable materials.

The new package is manufactured using a bio-based plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane. Combined with the paperboard, this lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%, the threshold for four-star certification from Vinçotte, the Belgium-based accreditation agency that is world-recognised for assessing the renewable content of packaging products.

The new package also boasts up to 17% lower carbon footprint than a standard package, according to an independent lifecycle analysis conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Increasing the use of renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time, plays an increasingly important role in mitigating resource scarcity and climate change,” says Philippe Dewolfs, President of the Certification Committee from Vinçotte “This is the only aseptic carton package we have certified so far and it has qualified for four-star certification.”

Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak, says: “There is a growing trend that consumers want to do more for the planet, and they want brand owners to help. With the authentic certification from Vinçotte, our new package gives customers credible information to communicate with consumers, and helps them differentiate their products.

“Our ultimate goal is to produce all of our packages using only sustainably-managed renewable materials.  Launching the new Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is a significant milestone for us on that journey.”

The new version of Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is available to customers globally. Switching to the new version requires no additional capital equipment investment.

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Quality in the Spotlight at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

Over 280 leading suppliers are already signed up for Packaging Innovations 2017, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017. Not only does the UK’s leading packaging event boast its largest exhibitor base to date, but it has also increased the level of innovation on offer, with more organisations launching new products and services than ever before.

Aegg Creative Packaging is officially launching its brand new service ‘mini-Aegg’ at Packaging Innovations 2017. It will allow food outlets and food producers to order smaller quantities of Aegg’s off-the-shelf premium plastic food packaging range, which is ideal for smaller, emerging businesses that are constrained by limited amounts of storage space or require smaller amounts of packaging. At the launch, Aegg will be introducing a range of over 20 of its premium packaging products to choose from within the mini-Aegg service.

Following the same theme will be Involvement Packaging, discussing its new division called OiPPS. This e-commerce brand that offers plastic and metal containers and packaging to smaller businesses and home-based start-up organisations. It provides a flexibility in selection, being able to tailor requirements to the customer’s needs. There are no minimum order quantities and customers can select a range of delivery options.

PackagingInnovation2013LadyClondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast will be introducing two new additions to its market leading stand up pouch range, which offers sustainable, user friendly solutions, as well as food protection and extended shelf life. Also on display will be Clondalkin’s high barrier lidding film for plastic cups or trays, multi-layer laminates with aluminium, microwaveable packaging for frozen snacks, and printed bags.

Martina Fidder, Sales Manager at Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast, says: “We are very excited with the developments we have been making across our product range and are looking forward to sharing them with visitors at the show. As we’re based in the Netherlands this is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our technical expertise and innovative product range to the UK market.”

Debuting its new its M-Lock© tamper evident carton will be Firstan Cartons. The new system has a tamper evident built in mechanism. This removes the need for further processing, such as applying glue or tamper labels.

Greenearth Food Packaging will use Packaging Innovations 2017 as the launchpad for two new products. The first is Bran Tableware, which is made from 100 per cent bran fibre and includes plates, bowls, platters and cutlery. The second is Wood Carrier Trays, which are suitable for ready meals, vegetables and salad.

Those looking for glass-like clarity from polypropylene (PP), the Milliken Europe stand will feature the launch of UltraClear Polypropylene which is clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 series. This offers customers a new clarity standard for PP that is comparable to glass-clear materials. In addition to offering exceptional aesthetics, the material is also very efficient with the lowest weight potential for thermoforming and sheet packaging. It has excellent heat resistance that further extends applications by enabling microwaveability and hot fill capability.

Advanta will be exhibiting its wide range of both smoothwall and wrinklewall foil containers. The smoothwall trays have a smooth rim, which allows them to be hermetically heat-sealed with standard film on high speed machines. Gas flushing techniques can also be incorporated into the filling and sealing phases of meal production. Its wrinklewall range is perfect for bakery, take-away, catering, convenience meals and desserts.

Croxsons will be focusing on adding value to glass packaging through a variety of advanced decoration techniques and closures. It will also be displaying its stunning decoration on its The House of Erick bottle live at the show.

For further information, visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, or via the show team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

Driven by busy ‘time poor’ lifestyles and an ageing population, the convenience food market continues to flourish. With growing demand for products that have longer shelf life, can be eaten on the move, are simple to use and boast more innovative packaging formats, Loma Systems is highlighting the suitability of its high performance combination X5c X-ray and Checkweighing unit for inspecting frozen and chilled ready meals and food-to-go options. The two integrated ‘detect and weigh’ technologies ensure food safety for brand protection, and consistency in weight, size and shape.

As well as ready meals, there is an increasing trend for portable meal options that are normally consumed off premises, with retailers continuously developing new food products that make eating on the move easier, but that also offer authenticity, premium quality and healthier choices.

Ready meals and food-to-go products often contain multiple elements or ingredients packaged in different compartments, include additional items like cutlery or condiments, and have high salt content. Plus many snacks such as nuts and cereals fluctuate in density which can make it difficult to find foreign bodies. All of these variants can create inspection challenges for convenience food manufacturers.

Capable of weighing products while simultaneously inspecting for foreign bodies in one compact and easy to use format, Loma’s X5c X-ray combination system (pictured) has been specially developed with ready meal and food-to-go processors and packers in mind. The technologically advanced machine detects physical contaminants whilst ensuring perfect product presentation and quality assurance with fill level and seal inspection, mass measurement and component counts. It can also identify lumps of product including seasoning or powder.

Loma’s X5c X-ray combination system can be easily integrated where production space is limited and helps manufacturers adhere to the latest British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards and meet major retailers’ codes of practice. The X5c X-ray machine can be bolted on to an existing CW3 Checkweigher as one unit for truly effective Critical Control Point (CCP) detection.

Built to Loma’s ‘Designed to Survive’ specifications, the X5c X-ray combination unit, including reject facility, measures just 2.5 metres in length. Produced from stainless steel, the complete combination unit is lead free and offers an unrivalled IP55 wash down design. Capable of running at speeds up to 150 packs per minute, it is operated using two independent control panels and has separate reject bins for out of weight and contaminated products.

Convenience foods packaged in foil and metallised film, as well as changes in product temperature and moisture content have no effect on the sensitivity of the foreign body inspection capabilities of Loma’s X5c.

The X5c reduces the cost of ownership of X-ray technology by 30% when compared to the company’s other X5 models, making it ideal for food companies keen to make the switch to X-ray for the first time or to replace lower performance ferrous-in-foil twin head metal detectors. This fully specified system offers good quality contaminant inspection using a reduced number of well-proven subcomponents and streamlined design.

The X5c is multilevel password protected for improved data management, which means the system can log events against individual operators. It is ideal for the detection of all metal types, glass, calcified bone, rubber and stone in various packaging. The machine is capable of handling products up to 100mm (height) x and 300mm (width) and weighing no more than 6kg – making it ideal for a wide range of inspection applications.

With significant energy saving benefits and providing the best balance of processing power to inspection, the X5c X-ray machine incorporates a detector array with 0.8mm diode pitch

offering a low 80 watt power consumption and self-contained high efficiency X-ray generator. A simple, effective cooling mechanism ensures long tank life and maintenance-free operation.

Loma’s range of CW3 checkweighers offer peace of mind that every packed product leaving the production line will have the correct weight and meet strict legal or retailer requirements.

Like the X5c, the CW3 checkweigher is designed for operation in the toughest of production environments. It boasts quick change conveyor parts and powerful AC motors plus the tubular framework delivers a hygienic design but is flexible if transport or reject systems need to be changed.

For further information visit www.loma.com.

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SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices in the frozen fruit and vegetable sector hasintensified, following several high-profile food contamination outbreaks. Bühler, a global leader in optical sorting technology for the removal of foreign material (FM) contamination, has addressed this and claims to have developed the most hygienic optical sorter available today, to help reduce the risk of microbial contamination.

As part of its research to understand the root causes of contamination, Bühler experts undertook extensive analysis of food safety risks, based on recalls in Europe and the USA. In most cases, they found that the problem could be traced back to the accumulation of food in certain locations within the machinery, particularly hollows, crevices and other areas with poor accessibility for cleaning.

Bühler product manager, Stephen Jacobs, explains: “The past couple of years in particular have seen some very high profile cases of product contamination. For instance, earlier this year there was a major listeria outbreak in the United States[1] that was traced back to a frozen fruit and vegetable processing plant. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said inspectors found chipped and cracked plastic on parts of the plant equipment, which also did not allow for proper cleaning and maintenance.

“Thorough and regular cleaning of food processing facilities and equipment is the cornerstone of good manufacturing practice and one of the key pre-requisites for maintaining hygiene standards. To ensure that the SORTEX F meets the highest possible hygiene specifications, Bühler’s food hygiene team has worked closely with institutions such as EHEDG and Campden BRI.  This included the testing of machine materials for long-term robustness and its design for trouble-free cleaning and maintenance.”

The SORTEX F features a pioneering retractable chute that can be repositioned to allow operators to physically step inside and access internal areas of the machine.  Sloped surfaces ensure that all product residue runs off, eliminating the risk of product build up.  The finish of all metal surfaces complies with the recommended requirement for safe food contact and all polymer materials are resistant to high pressure washer jets and compliant to FDA regulations.  Attention has been paid to the smallest details, such as the use of spacer brackets, to create access for cleaning between components, where bacteria could otherwise harbour undetected.  The resulting machine is an unrivalled convergence of innovations, to improve hygiene standards in the food industry.

For food processors, it has never been more important to have state-of-the-art hygienic equipment to help meet the most stringent food safety specifications. The SORTEX F optical sorter, with its innovative open access, for quick, easy and thorough cleaning, has been designed to prevent the build up of pathogenic bacteria that can induce food-borne diseases such as Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria and Norovirus.

Well designed hygienic equipment such as the SORTEX F also brings tangible benefits for food manufacturers and processors. Not only does it reduce the risk of contamination – and, thereby, minimise the possibility of costly product recall – it also increases productivity, as less water, chemicals, time and people are needed for cleaning. Unquestionably, product changeover is shorter due to faster cleaning and so too is inspection and maintenance, due to good accessibility and easy dismantling.

Adds Jacobs “Overall, hygienic design contributes to more consistent product quality with less out-of-spec products, lower risk of spoilage, a better shelf life and thus less waste. By helping to reduce the risk of contamination, whether FM or bacterial, we are making food safer and, ultimately, saving food.”

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/us/listeria-outbreak-frozen-fruits-and-vegetables-recall.html?_r=1

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Whyte & Mackay Works With Ideagen to Boost Quality, Safety and Compliance

Whyte & Mackay, the global drinks brand company, is working with leading software vendor Ideagen to improve quality, safety and compliance management at its bottling operations. Ideagen’s Q-Pulse software has been rolled out across Whyte & Mackay’s plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, to improve document and audit management and ease compliance with standards such as BRC.

Q-Pulse, an electronic quality management system, has replaced a series of paper based processes helping the organisation improve all aspects of its operations, including enhancing levels of safety reporting.

Norman Elliott, Compliance Manager at Whyte & Mackay, says: “The management of document control and easing of compliance were huge drivers for us ahead of this project. Previously we had been using a series of manual systems and processes which were becoming dated and at times a hindrance to what we were trying to do in regards to both quality and safety.

whytemackaylogo“After choosing Q-Pulse and implementing the software, everything we require is now in one system and for document management and control that is excellent. It means we no longer need to check if the correct processes are being followed or the most up-to-date documentation being used as the system does that for us automatically.”

He continues: “Q-Pulse has encouraged more ownership of the quality system across the entire bottling plant and also makes it easier to comply with standards such as BRC and ISO45001 (OHSAS 18001). Now, when we are audited, it’s a case of quickly and easily finding the information the auditor requires and also presenting them with the history of our actions. The auditor can historically see what we have done and why we have done it – quickening audit times and simplifying the compliance process.

“Previously, we would have been under pressure trying to prepare for those audits. But Q-Pulse is a one stop shop for us to go and find any quality, safety or compliance information that is required – whether that’s for our own internal staff or external auditors.”

Whyte & Mackay, based in Scotland and founded in 1844, produces single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, liqueurs and vodkas with brands including Whyte and Mackay Blended Scotch, The Dalmore, Jura and Fettercairn single malts; Glayva liqueur and Vladivar Vodka.

ideagenlogoSince implementing the Q-Pulse software within its bottling plant, the company has extended the system to adopt processes linked with health and safety, near miss reporting and safety improvement programmes.

Norman Elliott adds: “As well as the improvements from the quality side, Q-Pulse has helped us improve our investigations into safety incidents. Now, to get to the root cause of an incident, we can record corrective and preventive actions through the Q-Pulse incident management functionality, known as IMS, and this fits very nicely with our overall health and safety management. One of our major successes was in encouraging staff to come forward with safety improvement suggestions using Q-Pulse and its IMS functionality.  Our staff are taking more ownership in overall safety around the plant. By tackling safety in this proactive way, and because everything is recorded in the Q-Pulse system, we can show inspectors exactly how we have tried to prevent accidents.With Q-Pulse, we have been able to become more proactive in terms of risk and safety management.”

Ideagen’s Q-Pulse is used by over 2,200 organisations globally including some of the biggest names in the Manufacturing, Aviation, Rail, Energy and Life Science industries.

 

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Packaging Automation and Perfect Automation Form New Tray Sealing Machinery Partnership in Australian Market

British manufacturer, Packaging Automation (PA) which has a virtually unrivalled reputation for quality and choice in the tray sealing market across the UK, and further afield is setting out on an exciting road which it hopes will give it similar prestige in targeted export markets.

The company has signed an exclusive agreement with with Sydney based Perfect Automation Pty Ltd to represent PA and its range of tray sealing and pot filling machines in the Australian market.

Perfect Automation was chosen due to its reputation as a professional, reliable and service oriented organisation with an ability to offer local aftermarket service and support.

Perfect Automation supply, install and integrate a wide range of packaging solutions as well as design custom machinery to suit individual requirements.

Packaging Automation’s Commercial Director Sam Ashton is adamant there are major markets waiting to be tapped in Australia.  She says: “I know that our innovative, flexible, high speed machinery will be well received by a customer base going through a period of rapid change. We are seeing many products moving to new packaging formats such as film sealed trays and plastic pots which give consumers greater convenience. There is also an accelerated trend in the switch from clam shell packs for fresh produce to film sealed packs which is being driven by the need to reduce the cost of packaging.’’

She adds: ‘‘We were extremely impressed with the reputation that Perfect Automation has within the Australian packaging machinery sector and coupled with their experience of working with other established manufacturers  gave us every confidence in developing our business relationship.”

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Is It Time For a Reinvigoration of Product Carbon Footprint Labelling in Europe?

Companies that clearly demonstrate the climate change credentials of their products could secure a competitive and commercial advantage, with two thirds of consumers across the UK, France and Germany saying they would like to see a recognisable carbon footprint label on products. This was a key finding from a study of over 5,000 consumers across Europe’s three largest economies, which was conducted by YouGov for the Carbon Trust in the run up to this year’s international climate change negotiations in Marrakech.

This could create growth opportunities for greener products, services and brands, especially in France where three-quarters of the shoppers say they would feel more positive about a company that has reduced the carbon footprint of their products, of which 30 percent would feel much more positive. A majority of consumers in the UK and Germany felt the same, with 56 percent and 50 percent respectively saying they would also feel more positive.

“It is possible that we are seeing a ‘Paris Effect’ after the success of securing a global agreement on climate change last year,” says Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust. “Businesses that communicate their achievements in reducing emissions can secure a reputational advantage over competitors.”

Product carbon footprint labelling was originally introduced into Europe by the Carbon Trust in 2007, with major commitments from retailers and consumer goods companies. However, although carbon footprint labels are still found on supermarket shelves today, there has been an overall reduction in the use of labels as levels of consumer concern appeared to wane in the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.

Carbontrustbutton.121509However, the survey did highlight an apparent value-action gap. Although a majority of consumers express that it is a good idea to use a carbon footprint label, just over half admit that they do not generally think about a product’s carbon footprint when making purchasing decisions.

But this is counterbalanced by a significant group of actively green consumers – approximately one in five shoppers in the UK, France and Germany that do consider climate change impact when making purchasing decisions. And 37 percent say that it is important for them to know that businesses they buy from are taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of their products.

“It seems we are reaching a tipping point,” Messem explains. “The demand for sustainable products is there in principle and actively green consumer behaviour is following in its wake. And this is not just happening in Europe. For example at the Carbon Trust we are actively working with the Chinese government on a major new scheme to enable greener purchasing behaviour, with a pilot taking place in Guangdong, which is an economic powerhouse of a province with a population of over 100 million.”

“We now have a binding global deal on climate change and consumer attitudes are shifting, which will create opportunities for companies with more sustainable products,” Messem adds. “Businesses need to be aware of the risks and opportunities that this will create. Environmental impact is increasingly a criteria for competition, alongside price and quality. Stronger regulation and changing consumer demand is a powerful combination, businesses that take early action and build sustainability into their brand will reap the rewards.”

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New Finance Director Appointed at Matcon

Matcon, the specialist in IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems, has announced that Israr Ghulam has joined the company as Finance Director. Israr succeeds Stephen Ball who, as previously announced, was appointed to the position of Managing Director at Matcon in January 2016.

Israr will manage his duties alongside his other position as Finance and Site Director of Gast Europe (based in Redditch), which is also part of the IDEX Corporation.

An experienced finance professional, Israr has extensive corporate experience and joined IDEX in November 2014, having previously worked as Finance Director for Eaton, a Power Management Solutions provider.  This role involved the overseeing of Finance functions across two manufacturing sites, one in the West Midlands and another in France. Prior to this, Israr held a finance position at Mettler-Toledo, a respected supplier of Matcon.

Israr will be responsible for all elements of the finance function for Matcon and will ensure that Matcon’s finance team evolves in tandem with its business growth initiatives.

Commenting on his appointment, Israr said “Joining the Matcon team is an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to working with the wider team as well as combining this role with my existing position at GAST.”

Headquartered at Evesham in the UK, Matcon specialise in providing IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems for handling and processing powders, granules, tablets and capsules. The company’s unique Cone Valve technology has a world-wide reputation built on 35 years of experience across the food, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

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PPMA Celebrates its 500th Member

The PPMA Group of Associations is celebrating a double run of success after it announced its 500th member as well as record bookings for the PPMA Show exhibition in 2017.

Minebea Intec, formerly known as Sartorius Intec, a leading supplier of weighing, line inspection and process control equipment, is the latest company to join the association. The company has recently undergone a significant rebrand following its move to Japanese group, Minebea.

Speaking about the decision to join the PPMA, Colin Maher, Country Manager – UK & Ireland, Minebea Intec, says: “Following our recent rebranding and a significant focus on investing in new technologies, the time was right to join the PPMA to build the company’s profile and highlight the new technological innovations we’ll soon be launching for the manufacturing industry. The PPMA provides us with a significant platform to highlight our new product range as well as networking with our peers and potential customers across the processing, packaging and manufacturing industries.”

Minebea Intec’s product portfolio includes platform scales, process vessel and silo scales, checkweighers and equipment for detecting foreign objects for the food industry and other industry segments.

The company will also make its debut at the PPMA Show at the NEC, Birmingham in September 2017, which will be co-located with Interplas, the UK’s leading plastics industry event. MineBea Intec will join more than 200 exhibitors that have already booked stand space at the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery.

Speaking about its record booking for 2017, David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager, says: “With more than 6,000 sq. meters already booked, we’re confident that the PPMA Show 2017 will be bigger and better than the previous edition in 2015. Interest was already strong at this year’s Total Show event where many of the stands were booked, 12 months in advance. We had over 7,300 visitors coming to discover the latest technological innovations and discuss key business opportunities and look forward to welcoming returning and new visitors to the NEC next September for what’s set to be our biggest show yet.”

Leading companies such as Schubert, ULMA Packaging, ABB Robotics, Mettler Toledo and Beckhoff Automation are already confirmed to exhibit and will be joined by new exhibitors, such as PPMA’s 500th member, MineBea Intec and CPACK Packaging.

“This marks the end to a successful and memorable year and a great way to enter our 30th anniversary in 2017. We’ll soon be announcing plans to celebrate 30 years of helping the industry and look forward to continuing to create value for our members through the provision of new and improved services,” says Valerio Del Vecchio, PPMA Head of Marketing.

The PPMA Group of Associations comprises the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) and the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). It was founded in 1987 with just eight ‘founder’ companies and has since seen a substantial increase in membership as well as an expansion in the type of services offered.

It also launched PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training) in 2014 – a charity designed to encourage young people to enter and develop a career in engineering within the processing, packaging, robotics, automation and industrial vision supply industries through education, training and support.

Speaking about the PPMA Group, Dr Andrew Mint, PPMA Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome MineBea Intec as our 500th member. This is the biggest the PPMA has been since it launched in 1987 and we’re excited to build on this as we enter our 30th year. The industry continues to show resilience and we’re confident it will continue to build on recent momentum, with Brexit delivering a boost to exports and factory output beating economists’ forecasts. It’s a great time to be a part of an optimistic industry and we can’t wait to see how this continues to develop in the months ahead.”

For more information on the PPMA Group of Associations, please visit http://www.ppma.co.uk/ or call 0208 773 8111.

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Egemin to Build Third Automated High-bay Warehouse For Agristo

Belgian pre-fried and frozen potato products manufacturer Agristo is teaming up with Egemin Automation for the third time in a row for the construction of a new, fully automated high-bay deepfreeze warehouse. The new warehouse will be built in Wielsbeke (90 km West of Brussels) on a 25-hectare lot. Alongside the storage facilities, Agristo is also erecting new production buildings and green zones. The investment needs to support extra production capacity, further improve Agristo’s quality insurance and expand the company’s storage capacity.

Work started on the new site at the beginning of September. The warehouse will be nearly 45 metres high, and with 15 storage levels it will accommodate 50,000 pallets, or 35,000 tons of frozen fries. The warehouse is due to go into operation in autumn 2017. Agristo already has two Egemin high-bay warehouses in use, in Tilburg (2012) and Nazareth (2015).

agristotilburgegemincompressedEgemin is handling the complete intralogistics infrastructure and the automation of the warehouse operations. It is providing the warehouse racks for the clad rack structure, as well as the pallet stacker cranes, the conveyor system and pallet lifts that connect production and shipping with the high-bay warehouse. Agristo will use Egemin’s E’wms software for automatic control and management of its new warehouse and all transport systems.

“Automation means that it is easier for Agristo to guarantee the quality of its products,” says Marcel Spruijt, Sales Manager at Egemin. “The cold chain is never interrupted even for a moment. The pallet conveyor system automatically conveys the frozen fries from production to the high-bay warehouse. In addition, fewer actions are needed to move products to the warehouse, which reduces the risk of damage to the pallets and packaging.”

agristonazarethcompressedThe high-performance warehouse concept has a double outfeed conveyor system on two levels. This means that Agristo can handle large buffers very quickly making it possible to load trucks from the warehouse in barely 15-20 minutes.

Green Technology

The clad rack structure of the deepfreeze warehouse is designed to use energy sustainably. “The production and storage of frozen fries takes a lot of energy,” says Carmen Wallays, Procurement & Logistics Director at Agristo. “When designing this new project with Egemin, we therefore paid a lot of attention to efficiency, sustainability and the environment.”

As a result, the roof and wall insulation is thicker than the standard for deepfreeze warehouses. The pallet stacker cranes have an internal energy recovery system.The system collects the energy released during lowering and braking operations of the cranes and feeds the energy back into the power grid. In this way, the cranes save up to 20% energy, less heat is released into the warehouse and less cooling is required.

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Premier Foods Unveils New Look For Sharwoods

Premier Foods has revealed the new packaging design for the UK’s number one brand in Asian cuisine – Sharwoods – hitting the shelves this month in the UK and internationally. The vibrant design has been developed by award-winning branding consultancy, Coley Porter Bell.

Charged with increasing stand-out and helping consumers engage with the brand better, the agency used Visual Planning to identify an opportunity to take consumers on a culinary and sensorial journey with Sharwoods. Coley Porter Bell also developed a clear brand architecture helping navigation and allowing flexibility to accommodate future new product developments.

The new pack design features free brushstrokes comprised of vivid colours with the product’s name written in a free-form font giving a sense of adventure, modernity and impact on the shelf. Each of the ranges, Indian, Chinese and Thai is enveloped in a rich palette and symbols that are associated with the corresponding country.

James Ramsden, Executive Creative Director at Coley Porter Bell, comments:“Cooking sauces is a much more commoditized category than it used to be. For Sharwood’s, we had to elevate the brand to give consumers more of an experience – we wanted to bring to life the confidence and delicious sensations of cooking these foods.”

Yilmaz Erceyes, Category Marketing Director, Savoury Meals at Premier Foods, adds: “The magic ingredient CPB has is the unique way it approaches briefing, which is its Visual Planning™ workshop. This is where we create the design brief as a client and agency team together not with words but with images. I am convinced this was the key enabler for us to land on a brilliant new brand design for Sharwood’s that tested outstandingly well with consumers, significantly outperforming the previous design as well as the competitive set. I’m convinced this will be a key business driver for us in the new year.”

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Tetra Pak Launches New Water-free Lubrication Kit

Tetra Pak has expanded its Technical Services portfolio with the launch of a dry lubrication kit for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment.  The new solution helps customers cut water and electricity consumption, and reduce the man-hours required for machine maintenance.

Traditional conveyor lubrication, known as wet lubrication, uses high quantities of water mixed with oil, leaving both the equipment and factory floor wet. With the new solution, the process is nearly dry. It does not require the use of water but just very small quantities of oil. A drop of food grade oil roughly the size of a pea (80mm3) is directly added to the conveyor belt to reduce its friction with the package.

Tetra Pak dry lubrication kit.

Tetra Pak dry lubrication kit.

Unlike wet lubrication, which uses tens of thousands of litres of water, dry lubrication offers producers a number of advantages, including:

  1. An improved environmental footprint, saving an average of 35,000 litres of water per filling line each year and reduced electricity costs;
  2. A fully automated system that ensures precision;
  3. A 75% reduction in man-hours requested in maintenance; and
  4. Improved health and safety for staff on the operation floor.

Klara Svedberg, Director of Parts, Consumables and Upgrades at Tetra Pak, says: “We are pleased to offer a much more efficient lubrication solution to our customers, helping them to improve operational performance and reduce costs. With an estimated 50% reduction in running costs compared to wet lubrication, the benefits of switching to dry lubrication systems speak for themselves.”

The Tetra Pak Dry Lubrication kit includes the application systems, lubricant and installation. It takes approximately five minutes to install, thereby ensuring minimal disruption to operations.

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“Clean Supreme” Leads Top Trends For 2017

Growing calls for transparency throughout the supply chain are taking clean & clear label to a new and supreme level. This comes as the inherent benefits of plant-based products are being actively marketed to more health conscious consumers. “Clean Supreme” and “Disruptive Green” lead Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends list for 2017.

“Interest in naturalness and clean label continues to feature strongly,” according to Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights. “It has become somewhat of a running theme through our trends forecasts in recent years. In 2008, ‘Go Natural’ led our trends list, and since then the theme has featured each year in different forms, such as ‘Processed is Out’ in 2011, ‘From Clean to Clear Label’ in 2015 and ‘Organic Growth for Clear Label’ in 2016. This year, clean & clear is a theme weaving throughout the entire list, but is specifically the case for trend #1 (‘Clean Supreme’).”

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Innova Market Insights has revealed its top trends likely to impact the food industry in 2017 from its from its ongoing analysis of key global developments in food and drinks launch activity worldwide.

The top five trends for 2017 are:

  1. Clean Supreme: The rules have been rewritten and clean and clear label is the new global standard. The demand for total transparency now incorporates the entire supply chain, as a clean label positioning becomes more holistic. Trending clean supply chain claims include “environmentally friendly,” which has shown a CAGR growth of +72% from 2011-2015 and “animal welfare,” which has grown at +45% per year during this period.
  2. Disruptive Green: As plant-based milks, meat alternatives and vegan offerings have rapidly moved into the mainstream, consumers are looking for innovative options to take the inherent benefits of plants into their daily lives. Even dairy companies are now leveraging the functional and technical benefits of plants in new product development, driving more variety and excitement into their category. Innova Market Insights has reported CAGR of +63% for new product launches with a plant-based claim from 2011-2015.
  3. Sweeter Balance: Sugar is under pressure, although it remains the key ingredient delivering the sweetness and great taste that consumers are looking for. The quest to combine taste and health is driving NPD, as the industry faces the challenge of balancing public demand to reduce added sugars and create indulgent experiences, while at the same time presenting clean label products.
  4. Kitchen Symphony: Italian Lasagna is no longer enough – we want Melanzane Aubergine Al Forno! The connected world has led consumers of all ages to become more knowledgeable of other cultures. As a result, there is growing demand for greater choice and higher levels of authenticity in ethnic cuisines. At the same time, pride in local and regional foods is also seeing an upsurge in some countries, with a resulting rise in availability and authenticity of local cuisine.
  5. Body in Tune: Consumers are increasingly personalizing their own nutrition intake, making food choices based around what they think will make them feel better. They are also experimenting with free from products and specific diets like paleo and low FODMAP. At the same time, consumers continue to increase their intake of foods and beverages with ingredients that they consider to be healthy, like protein and probiotics.

The other trends identified by Innova Market Insights are:

6 Plain Sophistication

7 Encapsulating Moments

8 Beyond Pester Power

9 Fuzzy Borders

10 Seeds of Change.

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Swedish Drinking Yoghurt Switches to Tetra Pak’s New Carton Bottle

Consumers in Sweden now have an environmentally-sound choice for chilled drinking yoghurt, following the launch of a range of Skånemejerier products in Tetra Top 330 Mini Nallo. Skånemejerier, the leading dairy in southern Sweden, has become the first to use this new carton bottle from Tetra Pak.

“In the past, drinking yoghurt was packaged in plastic bottles, which has a far greater environmental impact than carton packages. Tetra Top Nallo is made mainly from paperboard from FSC™ certified forests and other controlled sources. Switching 2.1 million packs of our drinking yoghurt means we are cutting the use of plastic by more than 45 tons a year,” says Armina Nilsson, Sustainability Manager at Skånemejerier.

“This move is part of our wider commitment to care for animals and nature, and we are delighted that consumers are responding in a very supportive way. Consumer tests proved that they prefer these carton bottles to plastic packages, particularly from an environmental perspective,” Armina Nilsson adds.

Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak, says: “The new Tetra Top 330 Mini Nallo is one of our latest innovations for younger generations. It has taken all aspects of their needs into account: their increasing interest in the environment, their demand for an appealing appearance, and their desire for a convenient package that they can drink from, re-seal, and carry around while on the go.”

With a V-shaped panel on one corner, Tetra Top Nallo allows brand owners to highlight their messages in the packaging design and make their product stand out on the shelf. At the same time, its tall and slender proportions offer the consumer an easy grip, while the wide opening makes the drinking experience smoother. In addition, the cap is a one-step opening and can be resealed securely.

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Avery Dennison Helps Coca-Cola European Partners to Recycle 70 Tonnes of PET Waste Annually

Avery Dennison has collaborated with partners throughout the supply chain namely Viridor and PET UK, to help Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) reduce waste, costs, and the carbon footprint of Smartwater production in the United Kingdom.

According to Joe Franses, director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners: “This example shows how we can turn the crisis of resources into a business opportunity through close collaboration across the value chain. Businesses which can be truly innovative with the products and services they provide, optimising the resources they use and encouraging consumers to do the same, have the potential to transform our economy.”

Xander van der Vlies, sustainability director for Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, says that CCEP wanted to further improve Smartwater production in line with its focus on recycling, sustainability and creating a circular economy: “Avery Dennison was a natural choice of partner for this project, given our ambitious year-on-year sustainability goals, and the various initiatives we promote around the reduction of waste created in the self-adhesive label value chain. We have close relationships both with PET UK and with CCEP’s waste management company Viridor, and together we have been able to establish a strategy that saves on waste and emissions while at the same time giving CCEP concrete business benefits and cost reductions.”

More than 50 million bottles of Smartwater were produced in 2015. The PET liners used (carrying the self-adhesive labels before dispensing) generated more than 40 tonnes of waste in that year, costing around £8,500 in disposal/handling costs. Under the new recycling scheme, PET UK shreds and extrudes the waste PET liner and then produces a material suitable for making new items such as PET staple fiber, strapping or thermoformable sheets. There will also be significant savings in CO2 emissions – around 180-200 tonnes in 2016.

Van der Vlies notes that creating awareness on PET recycling will continue: “Since we launched this initiative with PET UK in 2014, we have signed up many wine, spirits, beer, and beverage brands. Avery Dennison has set an ambitious sustainability goal for 2025 of eliminating 70% of liner waste from the industry value chain.”

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